Saved by Coffee! Urban Gardening Update & Tip: Coffee as Natural Fertilizer!
I noticed that my basil plant was looking kind of pale and dying! As I mentioned in my urban gardening post, I bought a basil plant and some seeds. Everything was going so well...I'm using fresh basil all the time. Yada yada yada...And then I noticed it was kind of pale and dying...emergency situation!
I think it was outgrowing the little recycled plastic container vase I made for it and I may have been overwatering it.
The light green color is what the leaves looked like on the whole plant. I didn't think to take photo at the time.
So I took it out of that container and the only other bigger vase-like container I had was an old coffee glass container. I put it in there overnight without water, so it could dry out. The next morning, I put a little bit of water in the container. I did notice there was a little bit of coffee in it, but I didn't think that would matter.
I checked on it a few hours later AND IT PERKED UP LIKE IT HAD BEEN DRINKING COFFEE. Haha! :) Saved by coffee!
Tip: Dilute coffee as natural fertilizer
I looked it up and dilute coffee and coffee grounds is something people use as natural fertilizer!
"Coffee grounds (and brewed coffee) are a source of nitrogen for plants, which is the nutrient that produces healthy green growth and strong stems. Coffee also contains calcium and magnesium -- both of which are beneficial to plant health."
To use coffee as fertilizer, it should be dilute like tea and done about once per week.
Serendipitous finding! Once per week, when I have my morning coffee, I'll make sure that Basil the basil plant does too. Haha! :) Give it a try! We are good at this!