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 Post subject: cheap fertilizer, slug controll.....
PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 2012 6:10 pm 
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Using used coffee grounds in your garden/compost

Many uses and its free, except time spent to collect it.

» Throw it in your compost: Coffee grounds are 1.45% nitrogen and contain calcium and magnesium to add some trace minerals you may not get from your other organic material. Coffee grounds are a green material (I know coffee is brown, but same idea as grass clippings) so you should add with at least equal amounts of brown material (leaves) but if you are like me my browns are way to high already.
» Add it directly to your garden: I have seen some arguments that coffee grounds are acidic, but others claim it loses most (or all) of its acidity during the brewing process. Due to my natural curiosity I need to know the answer. So the answer is, it has an average pH of 6.9 so for all intents and purposes, it is neutral. Though if you are really tired and forget to brew it, it will be somewhat acidic.
» Fertilizer: Sometimes your plants need a little boost in the morning as well. Simply add a couple cups of coffee grounds to a bucket of water and let it seep for 24 hours and apply to plant in the same way you would compost tea. Using gardener terms I can’t think of any better name for this as “coffee tea” If you are busy/lazy you also can use it as a side dressing on top of your soil and let the rain seep it for you.
» Annoy your pests to stay out of your garden: It has been said that coffee grounds can deter cats from using your garden as their own personal commode. There are also reports that it can deter slugs as well. I am not sure if it is the abrasive soil effect on their sensitive underside or just the cruel reality that with their slow pace they can’t do anything with the caffeine rush they get. Coffee grounds may annoy ants to convince them to move their home elsewhere.
» Feed your worms: To worms this stuff is like ice cream, if you listen carefully you may hear them cheer your name when you add a handful to your worm bin when your greens from the kitchen may be a little lacking.

Edit: coffee is actually poisonous to slugs.
google "coffee grounds fertilizer" for more info


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 Post subject: Re: cheap fertilizer, slug controll.....
PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 9:27 am 
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If anyone has a good solution from keeping the neighbor's cats out of my garden area I'd really like to hear about it!

It would be a really huge problem if any one of the neighbors saw me even try to chase their favorite little fur balls out of my garden, but they don't seem to care one single bit they come in my yard to leave crap where I am trying to grow food.

I had a 'cat person' tell me a 'cat territory' is about the equivalent of 6 residential yards... and they ain't gonna stay inside any fence, like a dog.

Mini hunter-killers is what they are.
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 Post subject: Re: cheap fertilizer, slug controll.....
PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 3:23 pm 
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Have a look at "Repels-All", available from Miller Nurseries: http://www.millernurseries.com/cart.php ... ail&p=1149

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It doesn't say if it also repels humans. The printed catalog says it repels "deer, rabbits, birds, cats and more, for up to 2 months per application."


Bob


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 Post subject: Re: cheap fertilizer, slug controll.....
PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 11:59 am 
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For (SLUGS) A small tray,( like what stouffer's mac & cheese comes in) filled with old beer will draw them in like me to a free beer sign, Where they die happy! But Dead!!! A friend of mine always leaves, for some reason, about half an inch of beer in can, That's what i use!


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 Post subject: Re: cheap fertilizer, slug controll.....
PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2012 8:35 am 
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For slugs = i just leave my empty beer cans laying around for a couple days, atleast that is what i tell my wife there for, then i pickem up and recycle and get alittle more cash for them cause they are heavier.
For cats = A feed sack a rock and a river = Problem solved


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 Post subject: Re: cheap fertilizer, slug controll.....
PostPosted: Sat Mar 09, 2013 9:28 pm 
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Agree coffee grounds are semi-OK slug control, and add good things to soil. Broken up egg shells (rinse and dry them first) also work well (the slugs don't like the feel) and also add calcium, magnesium and other trace minerals to the soil.

As for the cats - lay in wait with the garden hose or a long-range water pistol. Works for most cats, but some of them are damn persistent. It works better if they don't see that it came from a human, but rather from the garden itself. - Turn on that sprinkler from a distance :D Another option with cats is to put a net cover on the garden until the plants are big enough to make it uncomfortable for them to use as a bathroom.

Apparently an unfixed tom cat will have a roaming radius of up to 3km! and the owner thinks they are sleeping lol.


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Pellet gun I use one every time the neighborhood gets a new cat I frigging hate cats


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