How much coffee grounds would be toxic to a dog? The saved water goes a bit brown, but it isn't objectionable. That’s pretty basic. Coffee grounds are free organic matter, whether a by-product of your at-home daily brew or collected from coffee shops that are only too glad to give them away for nothing. I've been throwing my coffee grounds on my grass and around all my flowers (acid loving and non) for a couple years now. (My grandmother use to do that)", "Hi Lorraine, I don't see why you wouldn't use coffee grounds around tomato plants (unless another commenter above has advised that and I've missed it?). I also grow Oyster mushrooms in particular on CG, and dispose of the spent medium. ", "It sounds like you've got a good system going Lisa! I decided to sort the facts from the hype and find out just how beneficial – or otherwise – coffee grounds are in the garden. ", "I stayed in a Zen monastery once. Used coffee grounds have a strong, bitter scent that dogs commonly dislike. The lawn has never looked so lush and was recolonising the thinned areas. Used to put them in my compost bin, but they just went furry, grass cuttings, dug up weeds, old dead plants on in there, maybe it’s just too moist in there for them Thanks! ", "I have always been told by a sicilian lady not to put coffee grinds around fruiting and flowering plants, but its ok for all other plants. : Well the the toxic dose for caffeine in dogs is around 150mg of caffeine per Kg of your dog’s body weight so if you read the ingredients on the pack and made a rough estimation you would get some idea of the level of risk. ", "Great article thank you! I like to think I'm a Compost Queen - my 3-bin system was what my father used to use 70 or so years ago. I believe I will cut back on the cigar and pineapple sage. Everything is happier with worms! Dogs won't eat coffee grounds. I save the grounds in a tupperware, and when it's full I go sprinkle them in another section of the yard. ", "should have more information. After summer our lawn picks up in winter but it's nothing special, with bald spots and thinning on well used areas. As to how it made its way into your coffee machine, I can only assume that particular slug has a serious caffeine habit! Variable particle sizes is key to good soil structure. I mix them with leaves and horse manure and make a big pile and add water and then let compost. I also use horse manure/hay from the mounted police I get for free, rabbit pooh from a rescue rabbit facility, llama pooh I get for free and I have 4 buckets of red wiggler worms (started with 50 worms last summer!) Periodically I empty it over the garden. ", "That is also my question. ", "Not quite coffee grounds, but I also add the filters to the top of my 'starter pots' with seeds and sometimes tiny cuttings. ", "Several sites have said that caffeine is bad for plants, so in the future I plan to use only the grounds from my decaf. Anyone know if the cinnamon will hurt the plants? In this tub I put any waster water, for example, what I cook and rinse noodles in. Don’t spread coffee grounds in your garden or yard if you have roaming pets. ", "Our Hostas used to be eaten to stalks till I started washing out the cafftier and tipping it round them and hey presto full healthy plants. ", "I'm an old hand at gardening, being the daughter of a crop and truck patch farmer, but he's gone now and so is much of his wisdom. Dilute with water for a gentle, fast-acting liquid fertilizer. Hi work at a coffee bar in a Whole Foods. Make sure to balance them with enough ‘browns’ – carbon-rich materials such as dried leaves, woody prunings or newspaper. ", "Willem, you could use a garden sieve to spread your coffee grounds if you wanted to, or alternatively just rake them. ", "I have been putting them around my blueberry plants, I removed a jasmine bush, apparently a jasmine like alkaline soil, blueberries like acid soil, I just been taking them out of my coffee maker and dump em in the soil, scrape it in, don’t know if it will do them any good Either way, I doubt they'll be deterred by coffee grounds. Methylxanthines and Caffeine. ", "What sort of nibblers? Use decaf grounds instead. Now I use blood and bone or sheep pellets - my compost can get up to 75 degrees C! But the tiger worms in my worm farm didn't like them. Add your own thoughts on the subject of this article: We make 10 cups every morning. I pour it in a large foldgers container and when it is full, out in the yard it goes. Big, big tasty spuds. As they seem to hate the smell, coffee grounds deter animals like dogs, cats, raccoons or squirrels that dig in my garden or like the nice soft soil to poop. Potato hills are created the season before. Caffeine and methylxanthines are both found in coffee plants, more specifically in the seeds and leaves. ", "RosesAreViolet, the lack of flowers is unlikely to be down to a lack of nitrogen. There are 2 ingredients that are toxic for your dogs. Nitrogen is essential for strong growth, but for flowers plants need a good supply of potassium (or potash). Signs of caffeine … Dry the grounds out in your oven and spread them loosely on the grass and around the edges of the lawn, using approximately one cup of grounds for every 40 square feet of lawn. So it’s negative reinforcement for your pets. But raking/digging it in or adding it to your compost as you're doing works well. Chester County, PA, USA, Plant zone 4 & 5, (You must log in or sign up to reply here. Welcome any Southern Hemisphere gardening advice. ", "living in GA, we mulch w/ pine straw, and I've been adding coffee grounds for years - I of course go heavier near azaleas, and lighter on some bulbs, but in general, I put the coffee grounds everywhere (acid and non-acid loving). I tossed some a bit too high (sloppy, I know) and they ended up on the leaves for a few days before it rained. For coffee-loving gardeners like me, this freely available resource sounds like a real boon. All winter, I tried everything to correct the thinning shells, finally I realized it was the coffee grounds. They looked beautiful, but they tasted awful!! Fingers crossed for the state record. ", "I was gifted with a large can of decaf coffee, which i will never use. ANSWER: Capsaicin pepper, ammonia, vinegar, moth balls, and alcohol will also keep dogs away. During the past 6 months I have started using coffee grounds, fresh horse manure, chook manure, egg shells and mulched wattle trees in the compost bins. It might be that it has taken them a year to 'settle' back into the ground but they are certainly not suffering from the 'treatment'", "I've used coffee grounds in compost and on the garden (sparingly). If you believe she ate more than just a tiny bit, expect to see symptoms. To use coffee grounds as fertilizer, work the coffee grounds into the soil around your plants. Half of the frangipani flowered in spring 2019 and I am hoping that they all flower this coming spring. Encircle the base of the plant with a coffee and eggshell barrier to repel pests. Sprinkling coffee grounds, or putting a small bowl of them near the wall that seems to be the source of the smell will help to diffuse the odor, a far superior idea than cutting open the wall to remove the dead pest. Back to the coffee grounds - I've got my neighbour onto it as well - looks better than his patches covered in cardboard over the winter. ", "I throw all my coffee grounds into the compost bin and also collect them from hotels in the area along with those beautiful vegetable scraps that prep cooks work with on a daily basis. Like clay soil, coffee grounds consist of very fine particles that are prone to locking together. Whether or not they affect her will of course depend on how much she ate. And backs up the experiment linked to above that had the same findings. 2.5 gallons goes in my prospective potato mound, about 6 months before I actually plant. You would have to hold the dog down and force the grounds down their throat. Yes, that’s a bit of foreshadowing, keep reading. Pest repellents like mothballs, detergents, coffee grounds and excessively applied garlic and pepper solutions can endanger your dog’s health. K. Hello Mr. Kötter! ", "Hi Jess. I'm not an expert in hydrangeas but it's also important to make sure you're not removing next year's flower buds when pruning. Discussion in 'General Gardening Discussion' started by monkeyboy7, Sep 7, 2011. Agree with comment about barista training being hard work. One word of warning though: coffee grounds may not have much effect on pests, but they can be harmful to pets in large enough doses. Our store is SO busy that I don't ask them to do another task, I set up the bucket with bags, a box to protect the spilled mess and then clean it up when my shift ends. Use with caution. You can make it as think or thin as you like. I'm just wondering if pine needles and pine needle mulch mixed with coffee grounds would be good, bad, both or neither? It could cause some intestinal upset. ", "If my coffee grounds have started to mold, are they still ok to put on plants", "Spread them around the base of my lady slippers. If you’re itching to experiment and want to try using coffee grounds in your garden here are a few ways to source spent grounds. Also, I have planted probably over 10,000 one or five gallon plants mixing a good amount of coffee grounds directly in the soil. Then it rained - hilarious, it was as though I'd covered the garden with plastic as the 2 circular gardens turned into ponds. Unbelievable! So bitter! Where it works for me is when I sow seeds like lettuce, spinach or brassica's directly I put a thin layer of compost on top then about half an inch of used coffee grounds. I also mow over prunings and small branches, leaves (including bamboo leaves) to add to the mix. ", "Title: Common Sense Guide 2 Using Coffee Grounds: 500 sq ft " Kitchen Veg Garden " 250 lbs of seriously mixed; coffee grinds, egg shells and veg ink newsprint ( shredded and dampened down ) . If you’re itching to experiment and want to try using coffee grounds in your garden here are a few ways to source spent grounds. ", "If this is the case how on earth have I just found a slug about 1cm long inside the waste coffee capsule box of my Nespresso coffee machine? Seriously. They had the best looking crops hands down. We use pine needles as mulch because we have plenty for flowers, herbs and vegetables. Is the compost rotted down at all when you put it in your henhouse? Your compost heap’s tiny munchers and gnawers will process and mix them effectively, so using coffee grounds in this way is widely accepted to be safe and beneficial. They planted directly into it. ), By clicking 'Add Comment' you agree to our Terms and Conditions, "I only use coffee grounds from my own kitchen. Sometimes on plants, other times on trees. EVERYTHING goes into the compost (in layers), it gets really hot and it gets turned regularly. Despite their colour, for the purposes of composting they’re a ‘green’, or nitrogen-rich organic material. Caffeine has adverse effects on dogs and would cause hyperexcitability, shaking, tremors, excessive thirst/urination, and even seizures in high doses. Kind of makes you wonder if coffee is leaching calcium from our bones...", "Hi Sally. However in an experiment slugs took just seconds to decide to cross a barrier of coffee grounds! ", "Great tip about using coffee grounds to cover over manure Ken, thanks! (We won't display this on the website or use it for marketing), (Please enter the code above to help prevent spam on this article), Using Organic Mulches in the Vegetable Garden, Growing Gourmet Mushrooms at Home from Waste Coffee Grounds. It wasn't much they where just left around on the bag after beans were grounded that later when we got home fell on the floor and she ate some of them will she be okay? When I was a kid, we always put our egg shells out for the chickens. ", "I don't see why not. Water Sprinklers. Good luck with your coffee-enriched garden this year. 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