Monday, July 9, 2012

FREE and Easy Compost!

Firstly...sorry to disappoint all those
looking for FREE food...
 But if you want some FREE ingredients
for your compost 
then listen up.....!

 Yes, Starbuck's gives away their used grounds,
neatly packaged in these sturdy bags
and as I already said
"at no cost"
They may as well give it away
as toss it out!

I sniff each bag to make sure it passes inspection,
then Ron and Jim pour the contents
into the compost preparation area
on the other side of the property.


You'll see some of Jim's hard work 
in the beginning stages of this year's compost area.

Since we started retrieving these bags,
I'd say the guys have picked up over 50+ of them.
Last year we did the same thing 
and this year's
compost was like 
black gold....!

20 comments:

  1. I loved seeing those free bags set out by Starbucks. We never took them because we were in apartments by then, but it seemed like such a great idea. It reminded me of my grandmother's story of her family's farm in Poland (in the late 1800s). She said her mother used to rake the old coffee grounds into the dirt path to the house to make it a rich and pleasant color.

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    1. Yes, old coffee stories are everywhere...as a child I used to watch my neighbour faithfully every morning dispose of her grounds at the end of her verandah...the flowers were prolific and gorgeous in that spot. I told Mom about it and she started et voila...same thing happened..big, plentiful flowers....so take heed everyone...go get yourself some FREE grounds!

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  2. That's a cool idea. Didn't know Starbucks did that!
    By the way, amazing garden! And I think I caught glimpses of your yard-boy in that video. m.

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    1. Yeah, you did and he's cheap...jus' sayin'!

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  3. I love these video tours of your lovely garden!

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    1. Thanks Pat...videos really help to get the point across and get to know a person/s better...I'm finding!

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  4. So THAT'S the secret to your beautiful gardens -- coffee compost!

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    1. Yes...THAT...among other things...all natural...no miracle gro and the like!

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  5. Sadly we did think it was food. Sigh! Great idea. Have a lovely Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

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    1. Don't be disappointed Molly...I'll find you some food pics and that'll put a smile on your fuzzy wee face, OK?!

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  6. What an excellent thing to do! Are the bags biodegradable too? We used to put them around the house to deter ants, don't remember if it worked or not. Lovely stuff for your plants; your garden looks great!

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    1. No the bags aren't biodegradable but they can be reused for something I'm certain...we have so many of them and they are tough.

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  7. I didn't know Startbucks did that - wonder if they do it here in UK? I have never seen bags outside but maybe if they are asked they will give it.

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    1. Listen...there is absolutely no harm in trying....tell them they should be doing this if they aren't. Tell them I sent you!!!

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  8. 4.00 h and you put a big smile on my face. Thanks Sophie! Ooooooookay, I need a real coffee *yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawns* but your garden is so beautiful... Hm, hey! I could come over and take a vacation *bwahahahaha*

    Have a grrrrrrreat day. *Yaaawns* More coffee here and then: WORK! *püh* ;)

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    1. Some addictions are permissible....why....because I say so and one of my Dads has to have his coffee a couple times a day....mmmmmm!

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  9. We put our grounds in our compost-- but certainly not the amount that is in those bags! Our woms love coffee grounds.
    We love the video- thank you!
    love
    tweedles

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    1. Worms do love the grounds don't they!!! We watered our compost the other day because the rains are holding off and things are starting to dry up! This is what happens every year!

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  10. 50+ bags! No wonder your garden is so beautiful! I bet it smells good too, lol.

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    1. The smell of coffee is so powerful and intoxicating!

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This 'DOODLE' is looking forward to your comment....don't be shy...all I do is SNIFF & LICK!