Using Coffee Grounds For Growing Vegetables

Asked May 29, 2019, 6:32 PM EDT

Is it beneficial to use coffee grounds as side dressing for growing vegetables (tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, potatoes, lettuces, etc.) in my back yard? Some of the websites I've read say YES and some say to compost the coffee grounds first. Just trying to get an answer I can trust! Thank you.

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1 Response

Coffee grounds are a nitrogen source but are best composted with a carbon source in a compost pile. The grounds need to break down before they are truly a benefit to plants.
Here is an interesting article from Washington State University that will help to answer a lot of your questions regarding coffee grounds http://cru.cahe.wsu.edu/CEPublications/FS207E/FS207E.pdf

Marian