Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Garden with Coffee; Expert Opinion from Total Gardens withPaul Worland

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Garden with Coffee; Expert Opinion from Total Gardens withPaul Worland

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THERE was a time when garden centres were known as nurseries and they just sold plants (most of which they grew themselves), a bit of potting mix, maybe some fertiliser and a few chemicals to spray on your plants.

It's a much different story in recent times; as the name implies, "Garden Centres" now provide pretty much anything to do with your garden and yard. They have also evolved to become a meeting place and social outlet with coffee shops and restaurants appearing within Garden Centres.

It makes sense really, with the resurgent grow-your-own movement - a reaction against processed and imported produce - home-grown and home-cooked food have new kudos, and garden centres are in prime position to provide both. Unlike the big players, local garden centres are usually staffed by people who are passionate about plants and gardening and have a wealth of knowledge to draw on.

Today, Total Gardens joins this evolution with the opening of 'Totally Coffee', our new coffee shop where you can enjoy a delicious coffee and light meals. Children are welcome too; they can have fun in the "Kid's Corner" while mum and/or dad or grandma or pop relax in the garden centre.

To celebrate the opening we'll be having some great specials on pots and plants, so come and check them out. While you're here, support the Rural Fire Service who will be running a barbecue to raise money for much-needed equipment.

While on the subject of coffee, it is not only we humans who like coffee. Earthworms are attracted to spent coffee grounds when added to the soil and compost worms like them in worm farms, just keep the volume to less than 25%.

What isn't attracted to coffee is snails and slugs; even minute amounts of caffeine are poison to these pests so they will not cross an area treated with coffee grounds.

If you would rather use ground coffee as fertiliser in liquid form, add half a kilo of coffee grounds into a bucket with 10 litres or so of water, let the mixture warm to ambient temperature, swish it all around and then apply directly onto your plants. …

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