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7/28/12 1:54 P

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If the tomatoes are getting leggy, you can prune them back to promote bigger fruits.

To the original poster: Good score on the coffee grounds!

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7/27/12 10:40 A

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Got a question....though it doesn't involve coffee grounds:
My tomatoes plants are 6 feet tall....some tomatoes on them around 2 feet off the ground and a few blooms at the top, but they aren't producing like I had hoped. Should I prune them back to around 4 feet?

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7/26/12 6:41 P

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They are a wonderful soil conditioner and though others tell me roses can't grow here....... mine do well. Lots of grounds for them as well as the blueberries, raspberries, tomatoes, strawberries, gooseberries, currants, rhubarb, compost pile, new garden spots!!!!

Really does well to loosen my heavy clay soil too.

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5/6/12 10:56 A

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I usually put mine in the compost but sometimes when it's raining hard I drop them behind the bushes by the door. It's all good.

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5/1/12 2:16 A

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Mike McGrath (You Bet Your Garden) and former editor of Organic Gardening loves coffee grounds in compost. Those and shredded leaves.

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4/29/12 11:33 A

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Hmm my grandmother sweared by coffee grounds...she would take them warm and dump in the soil...one year we had so much veggies we had to give them away to neighbors

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4/18/12 12:28 P

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Thanks again all.

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4/17/12 2:02 P

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I throw them in my compost bin filters and all. You can do tea bags too. Makes a great compost along with the other stuff you throw in there.


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4/17/12 11:25 A

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My pH meter is a beautiful hydrangea! If it stays happy and blue, my blueberries and holly will be happy; if it starts to go pink, it's time to acidify the soil. Nature is so good!

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4/16/12 6:34 P

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Since coffee grounds (after brewing) are only slightly acidic, you will probably not over do it on acid loving plants. In fact they will probably not have enough effect to drop the PH very much. I use them as part of the nulch around my blueberries azalias, etc. to help keep the PH down, but I also have to add sulfer to keep it low enough due to all the lime stone around hear. A PH meter is a handy tool if you have acid loving plants, You can pick one up for less than $15 at a lot of nurseries.

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4/16/12 1:40 P

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Thanks all! I thought this was true about acid-loving plants. Can I over-do this? That is - should I only do it once a season? Once a month? ... to avoid TOO many coffee grounds?

Oh, I am SOOOOO going to try this for my slugs!!! emoticon

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4/14/12 12:58 P

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My husband was told to put coffee grounds in a shady bed to kill the slugs (the caffeine poisons them) and it worked.

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4/8/12 10:13 A

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Since coffee ground are slightly acidic, they are great around acid loving plants like azalias, rhododenrons and blueberries.

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4/8/12 9:52 A

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If you do vermicomposting, (feeding your compost materials to a worm farm), they can be used there as well.

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4/8/12 12:49 A

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I sprinkle them all over the garden and in my container pots. They compost down pretty fast and easily, there's not much else to do to handle them!

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4/7/12 5:02 P

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Actually you can just spread them out over the ground at the base of the plants or compost them.


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4/7/12 3:10 P

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This morning I talked to my local coffee shop folks and they have agreed that I can have their used grounds.

Now..... I just need suggestions from you all how I could put these to good use in my yard/garden beds....

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