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Tea leaves and coffee grounds for leaf compost

From past discussion  the general consensus is that tea leaves and coffee grounds are fine for composting. I want to add nitrogen to my leaf compost. Can I use my tea leaves and coffee grounds for this or will it become too acidic? Is there a better alternative? 


  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 11,999
    Is there a particular reason for adding nitrogen to your leaf compost? It's usually fine as it is.
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 11,142
    If you're making leaf mould, then that usually contains only leaves.

    If it's home-made compost, then yes by all means add both - I do.
    But I wouldn't count on it adding much nitrogen.

    Billericay - Essex

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,442
    The best way of adding Nitrogen to a compost heap is dilute urine.
  • LTobyLToby Posts: 224
    Tea has plenty of nitrogen, potassium and carbohydrate, Coffee has nitrogen, acid and phosphorous. I always collect and add banana peeling and add to coffee and tea compost. Banana has potassium, calcium and phosphorous. Additionally, only when I find some from the store is to add a coconut fiber (not a synthetic or plastic ones), it contains chloride and potassium (cut/shred and mix into the compost) with all of that mix is my complete organic food plant combined. All my plants enjoy the combination of my compost - never bought any fertilisers since i started using them.

    Aberdeenshire, Scotland
  • FireFire Posts: 18,138
    I would just add tea and coffee to the regular compost bin as usual.
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