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Old May 24th, 2016, 05:20 AM
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Gardening Question

Since some of you all are gardeners, have any of you tried things like manure tea or other similar homemade and compost-y concoctions on your plants? I found one "tea" recipe on Pinterest that uses eggshells and coffee grounds and though I'd try it on some houseplants and outdoor flowers and plants. I haven't gardened in earnest in years and we've just begun a flower bed with plans to do a small vegetable patch in the fall - getting the soil for that ready now.
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Old May 24th, 2016, 08:38 AM
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Re: Gardening Question

I would not try manure tea; I don't know if my stomach could handle it. When I had babies, I would use the innards of a "wet" diaper in the ground. Now I buy bagged organic compost on clearance in the fall and lay that on my beds, along with a layer of mulched leaves.

The coffee/egg shell thing sounds great, though! Good luck!
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Old May 24th, 2016, 11:08 AM
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Re: Gardening Question

I use coffee "tea" on my potted hydrangeas just because I'm an oddball like that. The coffee turns the blooms blue, so if I throw my used coffee grounds (the lazy man's way of making tea) in the dirt, some blooms will come out both pink and blue.

Coffee grounds are also extremely useful for sprinkling on fire ant mounds. They HATE coffee. It doesn't kill them, but it makes them go elsewhere!
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Old May 24th, 2016, 07:42 PM
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Re: Gardening Question

Thanks for the input. I'm "brewing" some of the eggshell/coffee tea and will try it next week.

I got another load of horse manure from a stable today and put it in my raised bed planter, covered it with black cloth and will turn it regularly, adding some brown leafy clippings. I'm in USA zone hardiness zone 11b and learned that our planting season begins in Sept., so I have the summer to get it ready. In the meantime I'll experiment with the teas on the flower planter & houseplants.

That is so cool about the pink and blue hydrangeas and the coffee grounds!
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Re: Gardening Question

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I use coffee "tea" on my potted hydrangeas just because I'm an oddball like that. The coffee turns the blooms blue, so if I throw my used coffee grounds (the lazy man's way of making tea) in the dirt, some blooms will come out both pink and blue.
My wife has Annabelle's (they're generally white) outside on the side of the house. Will coffee grounds give them a different color? Like blue or pink?
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Old May 25th, 2016, 08:25 AM
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I have no idea? Probably not, but you can try and see!
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Re: Gardening Question

I use coffee grounds on my blueberry bushes (on the ground surrounding the bushes) in the fall - it really does wonders for the following summer!
I have six blueberry bushes - my raspberry canes - well, not sure if they like the coffee grounds as much!
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