Peppers Love Coffee Grounds

We are a no-food-in-the-trash household. Not even coffee grounds. I save coffee grounds year round to use in the garden. They’re a great soil amendment. Coffee grounds add organic matter to the soil and provide food for earthworms and the rest of the micro herd. Did you know that peppers love coffee grounds?

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Peppers like nitrogen and coffee grounds are full of it. You can mix the grounds into the soil or spread them on top. If you have a lot of grounds (I do love coffee…) you can use it as a mulch. I don’t like it quite that much so I place two or three cups of grounds at the base of each plant before watering. The water will disperse the grounds and take nitrogen down to the roots.

Providing enough nitrogen ensures adequate leaf growth, and that protects the peppers from sun scald. Pepper plants branch out like trees. Don’t go absolutely nuts with the grounds or you’ll have too many leaves and not enough peppers. If you’re getting more new shoots and not enough peppers, stop adding grounds. One or two applications in a growing season should be plenty unless your soil is severely nitrogen deficient.