Coffee Grounds and Insects
I just had to share this picture of a little garden friend of mine. It is just that I don’t know his name, and wouldn’t know how to ask.
My garden is in good health, productive, and free of commercial pesticides. So much so that I had a good look around plot 1 and the compost bin – and there he was, enjoying his dinner.
And before too long there was another garden spider waiting for a feed. I’m not sure if spiders like coffee grounds or hate it, so it will need to be settled with some observation. Maybe I will feed some to him (or her), and see what happens. I like gardening with coffee, do spiders garden?
Then I took the time to look around and see who else was around… a ladybug, ants, little things flying all around. Lovely!
I moved a box of leafmould and under it was a family of Slaters, just like these ones.
Using coffee grounds seems to assist in creating ideal conditions for beneficial insects to want to stay. Now there has been some suggestion that the pH levels from coffee grounds will kill all your insects, but there has been no observable case of this happening to me – ever.
I encourage you to spend some time out in the garden, sit down somewhere in the shade, and try to do as little as possible!
- Coffee Grinds in the Garden (groundtoground.org)
- What do we do to kill insects in an eco friendly way? (greenanswers.com)
- Natural Pest Control Methods (home-owner-tips.suite101.com)