How much coffee grounds in a compost pile??

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by CorkscrewWillow, Jun 6, 2011.

  1. CorkscrewWillow

    CorkscrewWillow LawnSite Member
    from KC MO
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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??
     
  2. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Platinum Member
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    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.
     
  3. NattyLawn

    NattyLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    1lb per month isn't much at all.

    No adverse effects, and the benefits are worms love them.
     
  4. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    Put the coffee grounds right on the turf... :)
     
  5. CorkscrewWillow

    CorkscrewWillow LawnSite Member
    from KC MO
    Posts: 36

    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.
     
  6. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Yea, you're good to go.
     
  7. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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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?
     
  8. JDUtah

    JDUtah LawnSite Silver Member
    from UT
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    As far as I understand the ions wont break down so much as be utilized into more stable forms
     
  9. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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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?
     
  10. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
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