Recycled Coffee Grounds: Grounds to Ground
While we were at the Spring Garden Show at City Park this spring, we met Yvette Tablada and Andres de la Puente, founders of Grounds to Ground. Grounds to Ground turns recycled coffee waste into a natural pest repellent and soil conditioner.
This product is a green soil additive to place organic matter into the soil that slowly releases nitrogen, feeds earthworms and deters pests. As the worms ingest the grounds and move through the dirt, they help spread the nutrients throughout the soil, while aerating it to bring much needed oxygen to the roots of the plants.
Grounds to Ground is free of animal-derived nitrogenous compounds, reduces the use of petro-chemical fertilizers, reduces moisture loss from soil and nutrient lock-up. It’s a natural, organic, nontoxic way to control pests and it’s safe around animals, children and the environment.
Coffee is the world’s second most traded commodity, topped only by crude oil. The U.S. consumes more than 400 million cups of coffee per day, resulting in a huge amount of coffee grounds to be thrown away. Most of these grounds end up in landfills creating methane, which is a greenhouse gas that is considered more harmful than carbon dioxide.