Tea & Coffee

Reusing those Keurig K-Cups.

Do you ever wonder if there’s more you could be doing with those used K-Cups instead of just throwing them away?

Well, whether you ascribe to sky-is-falling alarmist environmentalism, or you simply enjoy reusing items for a myriad of other purposes, I’ll share with you what I do with those disposable plastic cups.

I use these cups for:

1). Composting and/or worm composting.

2). Seed starters.

And here’s how I do it.

Step 1:image

After the K-Cup is cooled enough to work with, take a pair of scissors and make an incision from the hole to the edge of the cup.


Step 2:image

Peel the foil top off of the cup and dispose of the foil.



Step 3:image

Dump out the contents. The coffee grounds can then be added to your compost (or worm compost).

You may be surprised at just how much coffee is inside of these things.

Step 4:image

In this picture I’ve turned the filter inside out so you can see what it looks like.

Go ahead and slowly pull the filter from the cup. It is adhered to the cup around the inner rim with glue. image

Step 5:image

Once the filter is removed, cut the glue edge off the filter. After it’s removed, dispose of this edge as you don’t want to put that into your compost or feed it to your worms.image

The filter itself can be now be used in your composter, and it’s up to you if you want to cut it into smaller pieces or not (if you’re using it for worm composting, they prefer it cut into small pieces).image

Step 6:

Now you’re left with a plastic cup that can be used to start seeds indoors in Spring (add more holes to the bottom of the cup as necessary for drainage). image

Before you know it, those little cups will add up quickly.

I hope this has been a help. If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to leave me a comment.


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Window blinds in the garden (DIY).

Do you have old window blinds you don’t need anymore? Are you planting a garden too? Then don’t throw out those unwanted blinds.

If you disassemble the horizontal portions of the window blinds, then place them in a grid pattern atop your garden bed, you have just created a perfect compartmentalization for your veggies.

You can see what it should look like in the example below. In this picture the drip line lays right on top of the the grid.

You can even write on (or adhere stickers to) the blinds to label your garden goodies.