Free coffee grounds and chaff for gardening



There is a coffee roastery in my city,   Zeke’s Coffee.

Recently, they began offering free coffee grounds and chaff (the coffee bean’s husk) for use in gardening!  On top of that they will provide you with a burlap coffee bag for just one dollar!

What can you do with these?  Why, build yourself a small container garden!  I am linking below to step by step instructions, but basically you place a layer of soil in the bottom of the bag.  Then, put a bottomless coffee can in the middle of the bag, filling it with gravel.  Fill around the can with potting soil until you get even with the can top.  Pull the can up and let it rest on the top of the gravel already in.  Fill the can again, and repeat until the bag is full. (About three cubic yards of soil, if their bags are the right size.


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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.