9 Great ways to resuse coffee grounds in your home and garden

WAIT! Don't throw those used coffee grounds in trash!

Do your part for the environment and recycle them in the ways that make you happy double time!

  1. Fertilizer - You can easily create fertilizer by mixing about a 4 ounces (half a cup) of coffee grounds to one gallon of water. Let it steep overnight and then use on acid loving plants like roses and gardenias
  2. Compost - This one is easy, just throw it in the compost bin. It provides lots of nitrogen to the mix and to your plants
  3. Plant and boost seed production - Mix your carrot and radish seeds in with coffee grounds for easier sowing and to give these acid loving veggies a boost. You might even double your harvest with this trick! Try it with other seeds too. 
  4. Cat repellent - Sprinkle coffee grounds in the soil to keep them from digging in your plants
  5. Clean grease - use a little bit of the grounds to those tough pots and pans to help remove grease. Make sure that you do not try this on non-stick pans as they have sensitive finishes. 
  6. Remove odors from hands - After some smelly items like fish and onions  and even outdoor odors you can use coffee grounds to minimize the smell. Rubbing the grounds on your hands before the soap helps to absorb odors. Add some liquid soap and now you have a DIY scrub!
  7. Deodorize the garbage disposal - instead of tossing them in trash, put them right in the disposal. You can even let them sit a bit to absorb and mask odors. 
  8. Deodorize the freezer/refrigerator - Have something smelly that you found after weeks, but still can't get rid of the smell. Place a small bowl with coffee grounds in overnight. To give it an extra boost add a couple of drops of vanilla extract to the mix. 
  9. Keep worms alive - Whether you use them for your garden and composting or for fishing, mixing the grounds in with the soil makes for a happy and healthy worm home!

If you have more useful ways to use coffee grounds in your home or garden, please share in the comments below!

5 easy steps for no hassle watering

Most people that I chat with claim they have a "brown: thumb. After a few more minutes I learn the real problem is that most people don't have time or don't remember to water their plants. There are options like watering bulbs and globes, but why spend money when you likely have items in your home that you can use TODAY that you can use.

My personal favorite is a wine bottle! Yep, that's right a good ole empty wine bottle. Now if you aren't a wine drinker and prefer other beverages like soda, beer or cider those containers will work too. I am partial to glass containers, but plastic ones will work as well. The steps are simple:

  1. Drink wine (or other beverage)
  2. Rinse container thoroughly
  3. Fill container with water
  4. Stick bottle in soil neck down at about a 30 degree angle
  5. Relax and enjoy no watering

No strings, no catch that's it! This works for houseplants, outdoor container plants and in-ground plantings as well.

Some additional tips to customize your watering solution:

  • Put a folded coffee filter over the neck of the bottle and secure with a rubber band to slow down the release rate of the water and keep dirt from entering the bottle
  • Spray paint the bottle to match your decor or give it a festive approach
  • Use different sizes and shapes of bottles to provide additional decoration around the plant

If you don't drink coffee, filters are relatively inexpensive or you can try and claim a few of the used filters from your office break room. Used tea bags could work also even though they may be more difficult to secure.

Either way, this solution will allow you minimize your watering troubles indoors and out.

Happy drinking! (for you and the plants!)

Snipping Tool - Windows 10 update

I recently completed the latest Windows 10 update.

If you have work to do, then DO NOT start this update. Mine took about 2.5 hours total.

After my update I logged in saw this:

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I'm not a fan of Edge, but I will take the time to check the ins and outs of this "creators" update.

However, before I went there, I opened the Snipping Tool and noticed some options that I had not paid attention to before:

Mode

Mode

Delay

Delay

While these may not be "new" options they were certainly new to me, so I figured, maybe you too!

The mode option moves these previously available options from the New button to the Mode button. I think this is clearer and more to the point. If you are not familiar with these options, here is the quick summary: 

  • Free-form Snip: Allows you to "draw the area you want to copy
  • Rectangular Snip: Allows you to create a rectangular shape by dragging the cursor
  • Window Snip: Allows you to select a browser window, application window or dialog box that you want to capture
  • Full-screen Snip: Allows you to capture the entire screen. 

You can see an example of each of these in the Snipping Tool gallery.

The delay option, give you time to position your cursor, open a window, switch screens or whatever before the "snip" action becomes active. 

If you create any kind of training or informational material and you use Windows, you may be using the Snipping Tool. Knowing these options may help make your work just a little bit easier!