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Old 06-06-2011, 01:17 PM
CorkscrewWillow CorkscrewWillow is offline
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How much coffee grounds in a compost pile??

My wife is a coffee drinker, 1/2 pot per day.
I've been putting the coffee grounds in our home compost pile.
How much is to much?? Adverse affects?? Benefits??
She goes through about 1# per month of ground coffee.

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Old 06-06-2011, 05:27 PM
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My wife is a coffee drinker, 1/2 pot per day.
I've been putting the coffee grounds in our home compost pile.
How much is to much?? Adverse affects?? Benefits??
She goes through about 1# per month of ground coffee.

Thoughts??
How big is your compost pile? What else are you adding to it?
You might want to get this book. The Rodale Book of Composting: Easy Methods for Every Gardener.
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Old 06-06-2011, 10:14 PM
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1lb per month isn't much at all.

No adverse effects, and the benefits are worms love them.
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Old 06-07-2011, 08:11 AM
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Put the coffee grounds right on the turf...
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Old 06-07-2011, 05:26 PM
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Thanx guys
I was a tad worried about the pH lowering with the addition of coffee grounds but 1# per month in a 500# compost pile is not much now that I think about it.
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Old 06-07-2011, 08:58 PM
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Thanx guys
I was a tad worried about the pH lowering with the addition of coffee grounds but 1# per month in a 500# compost pile is not much now that I think about it.
Yea, you're good to go.
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Old 06-08-2011, 08:52 AM
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Isn't it true that any material that may be acidic when alive, will compost down close to 'neutral'?

Pine needles and Oak leaves etc., that their acids will also break down into neutral components. Is that true?
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Old 06-08-2011, 12:50 PM
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As far as I understand the ions wont break down so much as be utilized into more stable forms
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Old 06-08-2011, 09:16 PM
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As far as I understand the ions wont break down so much as be utilized into more stable forms
Well, coffee grounds are considered to lose there acidic qualities in the brewing itself... Therefore the UCG had already lost their acidic qualities...

Do you know of a discussion of this phenomena, which may shed some light on this situation?
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Old 06-09-2011, 09:35 AM
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Well, coffee grounds are considered to lose there acidic qualities in the brewing itself... Therefore the UCG had already lost their acidic qualities...

Do you know of a discussion of this phenomena, which may shed some light on this situation?
http://www.green-talk.com/2007/10/10...friend-or-foe/
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