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Re: Coffee Chaff

  • Subject: Re: [cg] Coffee Chaff
  • From: "Barbara Donnette" jandbdonnette@attbi.com
  • Date: Tue, 6 May 2003 16:06:31 -0700

think also of the benefit of chaff matting down as a barrier to slugs, esp
around strawberries...the berries stayed perfect and I experienced less rot
as they had a nice crust to contact.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Ray Schutte" <RSchutte@starbucks.com>
To: <Adam36055@aol.com>; <czoll@greeninstitute.org>;
<community_garden@mallorn.com>
Sent: Monday, May 05, 2003 4:10 PM
Subject: RE: [cg] Coffee Chaff


> I did send a response the Corrie.   I have used coffee chaff and of
> course burlap bags.  Coffee chaff is a great source of nitrogen, it is
> not acidic by the way and will test with a ph around 6.5.  It does need
> to be mixed with soil or other mulch materials, in that it will develop
> into a hard cake if left alone.
>
> Burlap bags are great for number of reasons.  They create a perpetual
> dark, that the micro organism that break down organic materials so love.
> For example, I build 8 -10 inch mulches for my tomatoes, cover with
> burlap and cut in holes for the plants.  This keeps soil born diseases
> at bay, allows the mulch to break down and feed my tomatoes and helps
> retain water. The only issue is that the bags are often sewn with nylon
> threads that don't break down.  Some coffee bags are made with sisal and
> take longer to breakdown. I use burlap bags as bedding material in my 4
> worm bins.
>
>
> Adam as an aside I get over thrashings pretty fast, especially when I
> know I am working for a socially responsible company that walks the
> talk.  I am just quite busy right now.   By the way my local store has
> recycled all the coffee grounds they have brewed this past year,  the
> local gardeners have caught on.
>
> Ray Schutte
>
> "The truth of the matter is that the flower has cleverly manipulated the
> bee into hauling its pollen from blossom to blossom." The Botany of
> Desire, Michael Pollan
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Adam36055@aol.com [mailto:Adam36055@aol.com]
> Sent: Monday, May 05, 2003 10:27 AM
> To: czoll@greeninstitute.org; community_garden@mallorn.com
> Subject: Re: [cg] Coffee Chaff
>
> Corrie,
>
> Seattle, WA gardeners have been using burlap and coffee grounds in that
> highly caffeinated city for a long time.  I don't know their experience
> with
> coffee chaff, but off the top of my head, if one balanced the PH levels
> in
> the soil and used enough of this good thing (and not too much) I really
> can't
> see how this would not be beneficial.
>
> The list's expert in using coffee by-products in the garden is a fine
> Seattle
> Washington community gardener name Ray Schutte, whose day job is at the
> Starbuck's company. Unsuprisingly, we've not seen much of him on this
> list of
> late,  maybe because of the thorough ( and to my mind largely
> unjustified)
> trashing his employer got on this listserve.  Incidentally, Starbucks (
> of
> which I do not own stuck) also sells organic and fair trade coffees.
>
> But Ray is the man I hope responds, because he understands both coffee
> by-products, and is a fine and dedicated community gardener.
>
> Best wishes,
> Adam Honigman
>
> Best wishes,
> Adam Honigman
>
>
>
> << Subj:      [cg] Coffee Chaff
>  Date:  5/5/03 12:06:19 PM Eastern Daylight Time
>  From:  czoll@greeninstitute.org (Corrie Zoll)
>  Sender:    community_garden-admin@mallorn.com
>  To:    community_garden@mallorn.com
>
>  I am wondering if any of you have experience with using coffee chaff as
>  mulch in your gardens.
>
>  A fair trade organic coffee roaster (www.peacecoffee.com) just moved
>  into my office building and I have access to an ongoing supply of
> burlap
>  and coffee chaff.
>
>  I have been spreading the word about the chaff and burlap among
>  community gardeners.  Gardeners are interested, but are wary of putting
>  coffee chaff in their gardens without knowing what affect it will have.
>
>  Any experiences you can share would be helpful.  I'll take creative
>  suggestions for using burlap as well.
>
>  Corrie Zoll
>  Minneapolis >>
>
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