Don’t throw out your used coffee grounds. Toss them in the garden instead – Duluth News Tribune

ROCHESTER — Tow or more cups of coffee a day may be good for your heart health and may help you live longer. That

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from the American College of Cardiology makes some people happy, no doubt.

“People have this need for coffee,” says Kelly Rae Kirkpatrick, an Olmsted County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer and creator of Community Coffeehouse Composting. She and fellow volunteer, Tom Bellinger, are picking up waste from area businesses —soggy, wet coffee grounds and tea leaves— to spread in their gardens before planting. This batch is from Cafe Steam in Rochester, Minnesota.

“This is a more effective use of this energy,” says Will Forsman, co-owner of Cafe Steam in Rochester. “It will be put right back into the earth instead of going into a landfill or incinerator.”

Coffee grounds help boost plant health by adding nutrients into the soil.

“Micribes feed on coffee grounds,” says Kirkpatrick. “It’s sort of an old wives tale that coffee grounds will acidify, or lower the pH of your soil. That doesn’t really happen. Instead, it helps to add organic matter by cranking up the microbiology of your soil.”

Incorporating the coffee into the soil is simple. Dump it on and spread it around. There’s no need to work it deep into the soil because it will interact with dry matter, such as leaves or straw, decompose and soak into the soil.

“I take the spent coffee grounds from the day before and sprinkle them in my yard,” says Bellinger. “And I’ve had neighbors come by asking me what I’d doing. I say it’s like throwing fertilizer around.”

It’s good for the garden and smells good too. If you like coffee.

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