While learning about gardening technique, the students will learn about plants that like coffee grounds and eggshells. Both items act as the fertilizer, providing the nutrients needed by the plants. What exactly are these nutrients and how they affect the plants’ growth?
What’s In Coffee Grounds?
It is quite intriguing to put the coffee ground to the soil. Many people have heard about tea, but coffee ground might be something new. Is there any mineral in coffee grounds that could help the plants to grow?
The most popular reason for innovative gardeners to mix coffee ground to the soil is the nitrogen. It could help to aerate the soil, allowing more oxygen to pass through. In addition, coffee grounds allow the good bacteria to grow well and even inviting earthworm to nest below the soil.
Yes, coffee is famous for its caffeine content. This substance is not the most favorite for the plant pests such as slugs and snails. Therefore, these animals will stay away from the ground with coffee smell on it.
What’s In Eggshells?
There are plants that like coffee grounds and eggshells, but the cracked eggshells definitely have different minerals for the greens.
- Calcium Carbonate
Even the plants need calcium to grow. It is beneficial to promote healthy cell walls. This part is similar to the “bones” in human body. Crush the eggshells before putting them on the soil. In autumn, just pour moderate amount, since it will take a while for the soil to absorb the minerals. The gardener could add more shells in the spring.
This is a special substance emitted by crushed eggshells. Deer, especially, hates this aroma and will stay away from the plants. However, the smell is loved by house rodents such as rats and ants. Therefore, it might need further observation to determine whether the eggshells could be used as pests controller.
What Are The Plants That Like Coffee Grounds And Eggshells?
To tell the truth, there are no specific plants that could grow better with the coffee ground and eggshells mixture. Both are great fertilizer and improve the quality of the soil. Therefore, any garden plants could get beneficial effects from them.
- Festuca or “Elijah Blue”
This is one nice blue colored grass. The small plants look like standard lawn grass. As it grows bigger and taller, the green leaves will have some blue shade on it.
Don’t ask about what type of rose. Any kind of them will bloom beautifully with the coffee ground and eggshells fertilizer. This is probably one plant that could use all minerals from natural fertilizer to the max.
- Echinacea Purpurea “Magnus”
This is another pretty flower for the garden. The petals are blunt and the center is protruding and round. Many families take this to their garden for its beauty and safety. The kids could play with it without getting hurt. So, it’s basically killing two birds with one stone.
- Catshead Apple
What about the fruit tree for the garden? This plant requires a good care even from the smaller form and natural fertilizer would be a perfect match. The gardeners have strong reason to mix a lot of eggshells and coffee ground; the apple needs nutrients to grow big. Later when the fruits are ripe enough, they will have sweet taste.
Many people just throw away their coffee grounds and eggshells to the trash. These two leftovers turns to be a great help for plants’ growth. They act as the fertilizer that provides different kind of minerals for the plants’ cells. Isn’t it interesting to try? Happy gardening!