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13 June 2009 @ 03:12 pm
a couple questionsA?  
I have an abundance of used coffee grounds, since I have my own espresso machine that I use daily. I know that I have read in the past about uses for them in the garden ,since they add nitrogen to the soil. Curious about what anybody has used them for and how did it work out?

Also, I have a hydrangea that is struggling. It used to get more sun but now the trees in my back yard have grown tall around it and it doesn't get that much sun. I also made the mistake of doing too much pruning on it and so it has had to regrow from the ground and doesn't have more that a couple limbs. Can it be saved by transplanting or should I just give up on it. Here is a pic of it, surrounded by a ground-coverish plant called allium (I think, they also call it yellow archangel).
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primsong: cloudsprimsong on June 14th, 2009 12:35 am (UTC)
I saved up coffee grounds for a while, dug them into the soil around my roses, but I can't say I noticed any difference - then again, maybe I didn't dig in enough to really *make* any difference, it takes so much to amend soil, really. I would think they'd be the same as any other organic material coming from your kitchen in terms of worthiness, certainly wouldn't hurt.

Poor little hydrangea! You might consider transplanting it to a sunnier spot this fall after it goes dormant then give it a good deep feeding to get the roots going again. Worth a shot. Nice healthy groundcover there, love the silvery leaves.
chytha: peonychytha on June 14th, 2009 03:08 am (UTC)
yes, I think I will wait until fall to transplant...it really needs sun, though I am happy for the trees doing so well out back - shielding us from neighbors views.
The lamium (got the genus name wrong) and I have made our peace. As long as it stays out of the front yard I am okay with it. It has a way of overwhelming and covering anything in it's path...spreading like a weed (kinda cringe when I see people buying it in the store). For a while I tried to root it all out , but it outlasted me. Now I can see it makes a nice looking ground cover under the trees (I just don't try to put anything else there - another reason to move the hydrangea):)
trika: Nature - maple leavestrika on June 14th, 2009 03:50 pm (UTC)
It could be that your Lamium (not allium)is crowding out the hydrangea's roots in addition to the lowered light. It's listed as a noxious weed in the PNW.
chytha: peonychytha on June 14th, 2009 10:08 pm (UTC)
lamium
Perhaps, though teh lamium was also there when the hydrangea was doing better. I am not surprised that it is listed as a weed - I have always considered it to be on, wondering why places would sell it. As the PNW site states it is very invasive. One of the previous owners of our house must have planted it in ingnorance. I have done plenty of the manual pulling out all over the back yard and seen it come back with a vengence. Now I just mow into it when I do the back yard and let it and the trees share the back fence line. It's too much work to try and eradicate it - I just try to keep it out the front yard and clear the side fences periodically, for the neighbor's sakes.:)