No space is too small to enjoy the pleasure of homegrown somethings sometimes.

Month: January, 2015

The experiment: wrap-up


The cress sprouted and grew so quickly, I could not even get around to writing about it in time. So here is a wrap-up. First and most importantly: the experiment worked out. This also means that (at least at the beginning) coffee grounds do no harm to garden cress. The pictures were taken on day 2, day 4, day 5, and day 6. Now it only remains to cut it and to eat it.

New year, new experiment


The balcony is too small to have a compost there. But if I had a compost, I would put in my daily coffee grounds. So I decided to see whether I can reuse the coffee filter even without composting it first.

I cut out a piece of a used coffee filter roughly to the size of a saucer. Parts of it were still sprinkled with coffee grounds. I then put garden cress seeds on it and watered the whole thing carefully.

If the cress develops that would not only mean fresh green edible leaves in winter, but also having grown them from what is actually garbage. Admittedly, garden cress is usually rather undemanding, but I am not sure whether the low ph value of the coffee works for the cress. If you think using old coffee filters is too disgusting, you can also grow cress on a piece of paper towel.

Updates on how the experiment works are to follow.

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