Can I put coffee grounds around my plants in the winter?

Can I put coffee grounds around my plants in the winter?

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  1. Kim Carlisle’s answer is spot on.
    I have one area remaining near the foundation of my house that I am adding organic amendments too for a new/upgraded bed in Spring. A couple of raised beds will get a foundation of coffee grounds and manures too, over winter. In Spring, they all get topped off with two feet of soil and, hopefully, finished compost, anyway. (Already “dug” in.)
    Coffee grounds, crushed egg shells, and a load of manure will be dug(!) into the bed around the foundation. Coffee grounds, however, do work their way onto the soil during freeze thaw cycles, with snow melting.
    I like to throw them on top too. I collect 5 gallon “bucketfuls” from individuals and a couple businesses.
    I am not a fan of putting them right up against existing plant stems, preferring more to sprinkle top dress around them in thin layers.
    Your plants may die from grounds placed up against plants in warmer weather, in quantity.
    Crown rot will be worsened by coffee grounds placed up against your plants. This fungus loves coffee grounds too. Crown rot is a fungus, which helps break down coffee grounds, and lives in soil indefinitely.
    You just don’t want to hive it an opportunity to attack your plants. Fungi have a role in your garden, you just have to know how to work with them, not encourage bad to your plant behaviors.
    In other words, grounds are not good to use like mulch, right up agains the main trunk of your plants.
    Mold is not an issue, in winter. Go for it.
    Spent Coffee grounds are only mildly acidic.
    Feeding your worms…is never a bad thing.
    Caffeinated worms…
    Do they do stupid things faster? (I do, and “smart” things too)
    They do procreate like heck under the buckets I dump in the garden.
    The foundation, with the concrete leaching, makes this area more alkaline anyway. The newer the house, the newer the curing concrete, the more alkaline the soil will tend to be.
    Adding coffee grounds only help in neutralizing soil pH, “if” anything. For more soil acidification for acid loving plants, I work other amendments into the soil.
    I could not rely on grounds to lower soil pH, even digging in bucketfuls.
    After testing my foundation soil three years ago, 7.5- 8.5 pH there was no way I could plant blueberries, azaleas etc. And hope they thrived. I chose to group plant those acid lovers together.
    Composting with coffee grounds, manure, and iron sulfate (sulfur too) took quite a while to bring that bed’s pH to 6. And, I worked in incremental steps.
    I think coffee grounds due to their small size are a tremendous bang for the buck in adding organic matter to the soil. With thousands of worms assisting, a very good practice indeed.

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  2. Sure. That and egg shells fruit and vegetables peelings. Anything organic. I use black cow fertilizer. Keeps roots and bulbs warmer.

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  3. You can if you want but coffee grounds are not beneficial and will lower the pH, which may be detrimental. Depending on where you live, the plants may be dormant so they may not be harmed by throwing uncomposted garbage on them and possibly animals will take it away before it grows mold.
    But be assured, there is no value in doing so.

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  4. The amount of coffee grounds generated in your home will do no harm to plants in the landscape, and you’ll prevent the material from going to the landfill. Plants that need acidic soil can benefit from them—-hollies, azaleas, Pieris, rhododendrons, blueberries, hydrangeas (acid soil for blue flowers), most trees, hardy ferns….
    I use natural (brown) filters, and usually throw both the grounds and the…

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  5. Tivka, thanks for the A2A:)
    You can but the when is not as important as making sure they are mixed with oother organism materials like a good compost of veggie trimmings and yard waste. Just coffee grounds by themselves will cause an imbalance in your soil and be harmful to any plants that you apply just the plain coffee grounds around.

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  6. You can put coffee grounds around plants year round. They make good mulch! Now, she puts vegetable scraps, bones, egg shells and all such in a hole in back yard, and after it if about filled up, she covers it up with dirt from a new hole, and lets it meditate for several months then digs it up and puts it in garden or around plants.

    Victor Allen’s

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