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Strawberries will produce bigger and juicer fruits when fed one kitchen ingredient monthly


Strawberries are an incredibly popular crop to grow in gardens as they tend to be incredibly easy to grow, as long as they are fed the right fertiliser. 

It can be frustrating if your strawberries are not producing fruit, and a common mistake many gardeners make is not giving this crop plant the right nutrients and not checking the soil pH levels.  

Nicole Metzger, a farmer who owns Metzger Acres, has shared that getting the soil right for strawberries can be “finicky” but is simple enough once you have the right organic ingredients. 

She said: “Strawberry plants prefer slightly acidic soil, ranging around 5.3 pH to 6.5 pH. The pH of your soil can be tricky to get right in a vegetable garden because different plants prefer different acidity levels.” 

One of the best ways to give strawberries a natural boost as well as improve their soil structures is making a homemade fertiliser made out of coffee grounds since it is slightly acidic and contains nitrogen. 

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The benefits of coffee grounds for strawberries  

Nitrogen is an essential nutrient for strawberries not only does it contribute to plant growth, but it greatly helps in fruit production and will promote more crop growth, making it one of the “best fertilisers” for strawberries when used “properly” according to Nicole. 

She said: “Coffee grounds do not contain harmful chemicals that some commercial fertilisers contain. Chemical fertilisers can be too potent if applied incorrectly, resulting in damaged plants, or plants receiving too much of the wrong nutrients. 

“Another benefit of using coffee grounds as fertiliser for your strawberries is that coffee is a natural pest control. Several insects and rodents dislike the smell and taste of the coffee grounds and will steer clear of your plants! 

“Mosquitoes, rats and mice, ants, snails, wasps, and others cannot stand the smell of coffee grounds.”

Coffee grounds can also help improve soil drainage, which reduces the chance of the soil becoming waterlogged and reduces the chances of strawberries getting diseases such as root rot. 

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How to use coffee grounds as a fertiliser for strawberries 

To make a homemade fertiliser for strawberries, all you need to do is mix half a cup of coffee with a gallon of water and leave the solution to sit in a container for 24 to 48 hours, making sure to mix it occasionally.

Nicole said: “This will allow the nutrients to disperse throughout the water, creating an all-natural liquid fertiliser.”

Then simply pour the solution around the soil of your strawberry plants. 

Nicole said: “Letting the grounds soak in the water for a day or two will create a wonderful, nutrient-rich liquid fertilizer for your strawberry patch!”

You can also sprinkle the coffee grounds directly onto the soil of your strawberries and then give your plants a deep watering. 

Nicole said: “Once watered in, the nutrients will soak into the soil and fertilize the strawberry plants. 

“This works well because strawberry plants have shallow roots and the coffee grounds can easily reach the root systems to be absorbed by the plants.”

The downsides of coffee grounds for strawberries  

It should be noted that you only need a small amount of coffee grounds to give your strawberries a nitrogen boost, and too much can harm them. 

Nicole said: “As with anything, too much of a good thing can become a bad thing. The high acidity and nitrogen content of coffee grounds can be beneficial if your garden soil is lacking in these things. 

“However, if your soil is already extremely nutrient dense, adding too much nitrogen can actually stunt the growth of the fruiting part of the plant.”

Before feeding strawberries, or any plant, a homemade fertiliser make sure to keep a close eye on the plant, test your soil and only feed the plant a small amount of the fertiliser to test it out at first. 

If your strawberry plant has been overfed, signs to watch out for are excessive leaf growth and weak spindly stems unable to support the weight of the fruit growing on it. 

It should also be noted that coffee grounds can be toxic to pets, and not try out this method if you have cats or dogs running around your garden. 

Nicole said: “If you have curious dogs and cats around your strawberry patch, it might be best to avoid using coffee grounds. A moderate amount of caffeine can be toxic to small dogs and cats, causing serious health implications.” 

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