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    He collects the spent coffee grounds every day and uses it for his compost pile. So he thought.... maybe...

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    Actually weve had the discussion here before. As far as I know nobody has actually tried it but Id deffinately not use JUST coffee grounds they mold too easily and is just asking for root rot
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    I tried this experiment last spring using old coffee grounds mixed with some silica sand. I planted a vft in the mix a put it next to several others and waited. After three months the plants in the normal mix had grown well but the one in the coffee grounds was very stunted even though it looked fairly healthy. I never had any mold or fungus develop, but the odor it developed became unpleasant so I plucked it and planted it back into regular medium. The same vft is in dormancy now and is doing very well. Granted the number of variables and the somewhat unscientific nature of the experiment, I would say it's not a good idea.

    I have seen wild Sarracenia alata growing in pure sugar-white sand and S. leukophylla growing from the sides of cyprus trees at water level, but I never saw any wild plants growing in coffee grounds. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

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    Very good point, alandallas.
    I dump out leftover coffee for my rhododendron. It is huge & seems to love it (acid loving plant). [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] I DRY the used coffee grounds out (so they won't mold) then save them to be put into the compost pile in the spring. They are a source of nitrogen. You don't want that in cp's, right? They are great for a vegetable garden, though. And, speaking of this, I want to learn more on vermiculture, wildbill. How did you get started? Do you have one of those commercial units for the worms? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/rock.gif[/img]
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    Hi LavendarDawn -

    For my first bin, I just used a rubbermaid bin that I had drilled lots of tiny holes in along the sides and top. The bedding was a few inches of peat moss. It always stayed a little on the wet side. So when it was time for another one, I used a bigger bin and propped up some heavy wire mesh in the bottom for drainage and on top of that some fine mesh. The bedding was around 6 inches of shredded newspapers.

    For the worms, you need to get "red wigglers." I had ordered a pound of them off the internet. If your bin is really small, you can buy red wigglers at a bait and tackle supply.

    We add all our kitchen vegetable scraps, banana peels, apple cores, etc. to it. Also old coffee grounds, CP scraps like old Nep pitchers, trimmed off flytraps, etc. We don't add any meat or greasy food scraps. Bready things are OK. It helps to add a small handful of dirt or soil on top of the scraps.

    The finished compost is amazing stuff. They first time we used it it was like an "instant garden" and created a carpet of seedlings of different plants. At the time, we didn't know that a lot of vermicomposters first spread the compost out on a tarp or something and after everything sprouts then turn it over. The tomato seedlings that grew from the compost were our best plants last year!

    There is a book out there with more info called, "Worms Eat My Garbage" - I think it was written by a teacher.

    I hope this info helps.

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    ... Is CPs in your cup. (Sorry, I couldn't resist [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] ).
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    Ha! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/laugh.gif[/img] Funny guys!
    WildBill, thanks for all that! You make it sound easy! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img] And I will look for that book. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]
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