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Growing comfrey in uncomposted coffee grounds  RSS feed

 
Bob Starn
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I have an endless supply of coffee grounds, but have been finding that they are too nitrogen rich for many of my fruiting plants (container garden). I've been thinking lately of growing comfrey directly in used coffee grounds (or something like 75% coffee grounds, 25% soil) to create lots of comfrey biomass and then make comfrey tea for my plants. I figure I can put composting worms in there too so that I get worm castings as well.

Anyone have thoughts on whether this will work, or other alternative approaches to processing the coffee grounds easily to get a more balanced amendment out of them? (I've considered doing a worm bin with them, but I'd like other alternatives as well.)
 
Shawn Harper
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Hmm, seems like too much coffee grounds to me. I might try it if I was doing potatoes or sunchokes, not sure how comfrey will fair. Honestly I would use those coffee grounds to get yourself some oysters or wine caps, then feed to the worms for nice compost and get some function stacking as well.
 
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It sounds like a good experiment to do, Bob, and if you can handle the stench of comfrey tea you're a better man than I am. Some plants given an excess of nitrogen become toxic to livestock, and the comfrey tea may still be too rich for your other plants.

But while you're doing your experiment with part of the grounds, why not cut the rest with some brown matter and put them to work right away? Wood chips are usually easy and free to obtain...
 
Bob Starn
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Ok, thanks. I'll give it a shot...
 
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You could set up a simple vermiculture bin and feed the grounds to worms, adding paper or whatever to get a good carbon/nitrogen balance. Then grow plants in the castings.
 
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Comfrey is a huge nitrogen hog, but even so, that would probably be too much N proportionately.
And would the resultant mix really be 'comfrey tea', or would it be 'comfrey coffee'?

 
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