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anyone any idea where to put coffee granules.                                                       Should they be distributed round the garden soil or spread at the base of plants. I.e. Rose bushes? 

Any help or suggestions would be most welcome




  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 11,174

    Coffee granules are supposed to keep slugs away so I'd put them as a mulch around vulnerable plants.

    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • Apparently, or allegedly, it is illegal to put coffee grounds round plants to keep slugs away. 

    It is in contravention of the EU regulations.......look it up !!!

    How crazy are we getting ?

  • steephillsteephill Posts: 2,675

    Nothing crazy about it, the regulations mean that unless it has been properly tested for effectiveness and safety as a pesticide then you can't sell it as such  and rightly so in my view. Do we want another DDT disaster from poorly tested pesticides? Look at the controversy over neonicotinoids. 

    There is nothing to stop you putting your own grounds or any one else's on your garden as a mulch or soil conditioner. It won't stop slugs though, for that apparently you need to use the coffee you made with the grounds. I put ours in the compost bin.

  • TootlesTootles Posts: 1,469

    Another thread said coffee was good for acid loving plants. I think I'd be a bit nervous of using it on mine as they are in pots. It would seem a bit intense to me.  So I've been bunging it in the raised beds and digging it in.

  • Janet  2Janet 2 Posts: 114
    Interesting. I was given a bag of used coffee grounds and was planning on putting them round lupins to deter slugs. Don't use the blue pellets as i have a cat and a dog. Plus wild birds in the garden
  • Janet  2Janet 2 Posts: 114
    Ahhh...... On balance i may put them in the compost bin intead!image
  • Its good for top dressing houseplants especially if you use tap water. Tap water is mildly alkaline and so over time your compost will become more alkaline which can lock up nutrients - a small amount of coffee granules will readdress the pH balance image  

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