Egg Shells, Coffee Grounds Useful In Garden

By Cindi Sullivan

(LOUISVILLE, May 10th, 2004) -- You may be surprised to find out that many of the food items you discard from the kitchen can be used feed your garden. WAVE 3's Garden Talk Expert Cindi Sullivan reports.

The old adage one man's trash is another man's treasure sure applies to gardeners in many cases. Take, for instance, eggshells and coffee grounds. Lots of people would think that's trash, but many gardeners think it's treasure.

Crushed eggshells are very useful in the garden. They can be sprinkled around hostas to prevent damage from slugs. They contain calcium, so they're useful to sprinkle in the vegetable garden to prevent problems with nutrient deficiency.

Coffee grounds are another useful addition to garden plants. Azaleas, rhododendrons, blueberries, hollies and other acid-loving plants will appreciate the addition of coffee grounds around their roots. It really makes a great mulch for those plants.

Or you can just incorporate them into beds to increase microbial activity and organic matter content.

Online Reporter: Cindi Sullivan

Online Producer: Michael Dever