“I have been collecting used coffee grounds since about November 2010. I haven’t used a huge amount, probably 30 Kilos (at one stage I hauled a 10kg bag home). But even this has been enough to see the results in the garden! No more ants- they had been eating out the root systems from many of my plants and when I added coffee grounds to the garden they stopped immediately. I have also found plants have shot up and are full of colour.”
“I have found that pests like ants, snails and slugs stay away as well as my cat! The cat seems to think my garden is her personal litter box and kept digging up plants as well. Since putting the used coffee grounds on the garden I haven’t found anything disturbed.”
Did you know that coffee grounds are a fantastic compost material that are free to collect and use?
The Ground to Ground website caters for this opportunity, by delivering news, views, research, and general information on the reuse of coffee grounds for compost and gardening. Of the tonnes of used coffee grounds that are discarded each day, only a small amount is collected for reuse – which is a real pity considering the good that can come from a group effort.
Recycling coffee grounds would have to be one of the easiest ways to make a difference, and for anyone interested in gardening, composting, vermiculture, or just environmental awareness, the Ground to Ground website can show you how to get involved for all our benefit.
Please help spread the word about this great initiative and tell your barista about it at your local coffee bar or cafe.
The Ground To Ground Map – Find Used Coffee Grounds
20 Ways to resuse coffee grounds and tea leaves – Treehugger
Transition tip: Swap your disposable sanitary products
Cloth menstrual pads are economical and environmentally friendly. They can be made with any absorbent material. I think unbleached cotton is the best, but hemp or cotton fleece would also work.
There are plenty of printable patterns online to make a reusable pad at home.
Simply rinse the reusable pads in cold water and soak in a basin of cold water until you are ready to put them in the washing machine with any other load of washing. The soaking water can be used on your garden – it is a natural product after all!
And why not also try a reusable cup instead of a tampon:
Transition tip: Reduce your stuff.
Think about creative ways you can recycle your existing stuff.
Think about selling your unwanted stuff on ebay. You could give away your unwanted stuff to a charity or freecycle.
Apartment Therapy has a 8 week program from reducing the clutter in your house.
The Story of Stuff video (above) has a great website with more information.
Reducing, reusing and recycling items in the garden helps to reduce landfill and can save you money. Composting is the easiest way to reduce your kitchen and garden waste. Using grey water again in the garden reduces the amount of water flowing to the sewers or a treatment plant.
There are a number of items that can be reused in a garden:
|Bath tubs and sinks
||Worm farm or water feature
||Pathways and garden bed edges
||Seedling pots (or worm food)
||Worm farm or cellar
||Pathways and garden bed edges
|Ice cream sticks
||Protect trees from birds and bats
|Plastic drink bottles
||Drip water trees
||Plant containers – ideal for lettuce and other salad greens
|Toilet paper rolls
||Cut and fold over the bottom to make seedling pots
||Compost bays, shed or tiny house
If you are feeling creative, you could do try your hand at mosaics using old tiles and broken crockery, or making a sculpture or piece of artwork out of your trash.
How do you reduce, reuse and recycle in the garden?