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Garden Tips: Feeding Soil

Updated on April 13, 2018
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Deborah gardens as a hobby and enjoys organic vegetables in her kitchen. She keeps a variety of edible plants in her garden.

There are simple ingredients that can add an extra kick to the garden and feed plants. The great thing is these simple ingredients come from things used daily in the kitchen, that don’t need to be thrown away. The natural scraps from the kitchen are perfect for microbes and earthworms, which are essential in the garden. Here are some quick tips to help keep the soil in your garden rich and full of nutrients.

Egg Shells

Save egg shells! Egg shells can be used to richen garden soil. Rinse egg shells and let dry. Egg shells can be ground into powder or simply broken up into pieces. I use a coffee grounder, but it can be crushed into pieces with a spoon. Whole shells may be used but, it is best to break up the shells to allow them to break down into the soil quickly. Then add the beneficial ingredient to plant soil. The shells release minerals and calcium into the fertile ground. Egg shell powder can be added to compost or garden soil. Just save egg shells from the kitchen, to be ready to use for the garden.

A coffee grinder can be used to grind the egg shells into powder.
A coffee grinder can be used to grind the egg shells into powder.

Coffee Grounds

Used coffee grounds can be perfect for garden soil. It can be placed in the pots, or soil of the garden. Coffee grounds are a perfect ingredient to add to the mulch layer. It is not a quick fix to feed soil, but over time the grounds releases minerals, including magnesium and copper. Used coffee grounds are perfect for compost. For those producing a worm farm, used coffee grounds are a beneficial ingredient to place in worm bins. An added bonus of coffee grains, is that it keeps pest away. If you are a coffee drinker or live with someone that does, don’t throw away coffee grounds, but save them for the garden.

Used coffee grounds can be saved, then used for garden soil.
Used coffee grounds can be saved, then used for garden soil.
Coffee Grounds can be used for potted plants, and can simply be placed on top of the soil. Some gardeners are concerned that the grounds will inhibit water flow in the garden. Simply mix the grounds with the mulch layer if water is not soaking in.
Coffee Grounds can be used for potted plants, and can simply be placed on top of the soil. Some gardeners are concerned that the grounds will inhibit water flow in the garden. Simply mix the grounds with the mulch layer if water is not soaking in.

Tea Bags

Used tea bags are an excellent thing to save for the garden. They add nutrients to the soil and help plants grow. It is best to bury the tea bags in pots or around the desired plant to fertilize the soil. Tea bags, feed plants and keep pest away. It is a wonderful ingredient to save from the kitchen for a garden.

Tea bags are an excellent thing to bury in the soil of gardens. The nutrients of the used tea bag leeches into the soil. They are especially convenient to bury in garden pots.
Tea bags are an excellent thing to bury in the soil of gardens. The nutrients of the used tea bag leeches into the soil. They are especially convenient to bury in garden pots.

Those are three simple ingredients from the kitchen that are beneficial to the garden. The next time you use them, don’t discard these precious items. Happy gardening!

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