My husband loves growing vegetables in the garden, I enjoy what he produces but I’m not keen on having too much involvement. The problem is I have to be involved for the whole process to run smoothly. Why buy compost when we can make our own? As the main chef and do-er in our household I have to collect all the compostable waste to be taken outside to the compost bin.
This has all been do-able but recently it’s got more time consuming as he has decided we should also compost the paper from our shredder, the ash from our fireplace and NOW he wants to save the coffee grounds from our cafeteria. He informs me the reasons for this are-
· They add nitrogen to the soil.
· The organic matter improves drainage and aeration of the soil.
· They attract worms.
· They keep slugs and snails away.
· It reduces the amount going in the household rubbish bin.
These are all worthwhile reasons and although I don’t understand the science behind them I’m always keen to be ‘green’. So please think of me as I now have to walk around my house collecting all this compostable material to indulge my husband and son's quest to grow the biggest possible pumpkin this year.
Top tip- If you add coffee grounds to the roots of a hydrangeas it will change its colour.
I have found one lovely advantage to putting coffee grounds in the compost or straight on the veg patch is that the patch is next to my front door and I often get a waft of coffee aroma as I come home.