Organic Fertilizer - Coffee Grounds on Tomato Plants.

Community Help: Using coffee grounds as organic fertilizer on tomato plants

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Putting coffee grounds on the dirt will help add fertilizer to the soil and help repel bugs and slugs. This will add nitrogen to the soil among other beneficial nutrients. Note also that worms love coffee grounds, and this is good for the soil as worms help the soil alot, so that is another side benefit of adding coffee grounds on the soil, and it also adds a little acidity to the soil, which is good for tomato plants and will help them grow.

My tomato plants are producing alot this year, I have 3 of them planted in 1 pot and it sits in the corner of my screen porch to get maximum sunlight. The advantage of putting this on the screen porch is that limited bugs and pests can get at it. The downside is no bees or insects can get at it to help it pollinate, but wind can also assist in pollination.

To give you an idea how mnay coffee grounds I have added to the soil, I use about 1 1/2 scoops of coffee in the filter when I make a pot of coffee, and I've emptied this filter around 7-10 times on the top of the soil in the pot. So basically I've added probably about 10 scoops of coffee grounds to the pot and I have 3 plants in the pot. I have done this over a 2 month period of time, not all at once of course. As I water the soil it also mixes through the coffee grounds on top which means coffee for the tomato plant, and I also water them with old cold coffee occasionally when I dump out old coffee so this helps the tomato plants get fertilized organically also. It seems as though I could give them more, I'm not sure the exact amounts to use or whether more coffee or less coffee grounds are better, but I can tell you that my tomatoes are producing more this year and new tomatoes are showing up on the vine frequently. A few other organic things to add besides coffee grounds are egg shells and milk (old milk is fine, coffee with milk in it, or milk you are throwing out, etc. Tomatos also love this and the calcium that comes with it). Hopefully this helps you, I've added a few photos so you can see them in the pot on the screen porch.

A few picked tomatoes finishing ripening on the counter:
picked tomatoes

A set of 5 tomatoes just started growing:
new tomatoes

A group of 2 new tomatoes just started growing:
new tomatoes

5 or 6 green tomatoes not yet ready for picking:
tomatoes growing

Planter pot with 3 tomato plants on corner of screen porch for maximum sunlight
tomatoes on screen porch