Saturday, March 22, 2014
Preparing a Bed That's Had Winter Rye
The rye keeps weeds from growing, and when it's tilled in, it adds quite a bit of organic matter.
I'll just chop it down, pile coffee grounds and compost on top of it, and till it in.
I'll add about a slightly greater amount of fresh compost, and dig it in.
Sunset Magazine did some extensive testing of coffee grounds in a garden. They concluded that "up to 25-35 percent by volume coffee grounds
My beds aren't "mineral soil," so I use less than 10% coffee grounds, but it sure helps loosen them up. And the grounds release a lot of nitrogen as they decompose: kind of a time-release mechanism.