It is interesting how one can suddenly develop an interest in something he’s never thought about before. Last year at work I noticed every day our office’s cleaning staff would leave bags of coffee grounds they cleaned out from the coffee machines on the kitchen counters until the end of the day for people to take home. On the counters there was a sign with a list of what can one do with the grounds.

I am no hardcore environmentalist, but I do believe in recycling and conservation of our resources, and am against unnecessary wastes. I would always take a second look at things destined for disposal and see if there’s any more use I can get out of them. For example, ever since I stopped playing computer games extensively, I no longer need state of the art hardware. As a result I have slowed down my upgrades considerably, am able to get the most out of my computers, and keep using them until they literally stop working. More on this in another post.

Back to the subject, one of the suggested uses for coffee grounds on the list is plant food. I remembered my mother plants flowers and vegetables, and figured why not bring her some to try since it’s free. All she did was applying a handful here and there periodically, and the result was phenomenal. She noticed within a few weeks that compared to earlier years, adding coffee grounds to the soil has made the flowers bloomed better, the vegetables larger and more leafy,  and the fruits bigger and more juicy.  Seeing such a good yield has encouraged me to try vegetable gardening myself this year too. I will talk more about this hobby of mine in the future.

Note: For those of you who do not work in an office, you might be able to get coffee grounds from local coffee shops such as Starbucks. Just speak with the manager and ask politely, you will be surprised at how most of them are willing to help.