Garden Update February 2016

Posted: February 21, 2016 in Yard and Garden
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Last year, we got coffee grounds (Starbucks says “grinds”) from a Starbucks in our Safeway store. We had to leave them a bucket which they would fill and then call us when it was full. We would then go and pick it up. Well, this was not the most efficient way of getting the grounds. This year, while we still wanted them, we decided that we needed a better way to get them.

My mom called a few Starbuckses (what is the plural of Starbucks?) which we drive past on any given week and found one that leaves large bags of coffee grounds outside of their establishment for people to come and collect. Upon going there the following night, she and my dad picked up three trash bags full of coffee filters and grounds. We now have a trash bin dedicated to holding all of our coffee until we can use it. It’s almost half full. Our dad said he’d pick up 2 bags every night on the way home from work until we have enough!

(By the way, we enlarged the holes in our compost tumblers. We made them way too small and our compost did not get enough air. Now our holes are almost 1″ in diameter and hopefully that will suffice.)

Also, since last we wrote about our seedlings, the number of plants on our table has grown significantly. We now have four really bright LED lights that pretty much light our family room, the place where we eat, and our kitchen all at once. They serve as a heat source and a light source in one, and our plants like them a lot. The pictures included are the bucket of coffee stuff and the entire table with all the plants which inhabit it.

Almost all of the plants shown are pepper, tomato, and tomatillo plants. Only a few lettuces, cabbages, onions, and basil are in the mix.

  1. In my humble opinion the plural of Starbucks is too many πŸ™‚

    • Hahaha!! Good one, Derrick!! Maybe it’s wrong to take the grinds since we do not patronize Starbucks, but they are just sitting there. By the way, some people say “grinds” and some people say “grounds”. We personally have always said “grounds” but the Starbucks people keep saying “grinds”. So we figured we were ignorant. Do you know which is correct (if one rules over the other)?

  2. atkokosplace says:

    That’s awesome. We collect coffee grounds too. I need to start some plants as well. Wish you well in what I already know will be a fabulous garden for you and your family! πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, Koko. We appreciate your support as we are never sure how our garden will do in any given year – you know, sometimes there’s disease, sometimes pests, etc. But hope you are right and good luck on yours too!!

      • atkokosplace says:

        I agree with you! I am still fighting the squash bugs. They are less, but still are around. They even come into the house! Ack! You have to take them by surprise as you squish them, otherwise they emit an awful stink! So much is out of our control, which I think it makes me happy when I see a plant grow and thrive. “It worked”. Something went just right and now we can harvest! Pretty cool. πŸ™‚

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