Starbucks is one of those companies you either love or hate. I happen to love their vanilla lattes, and while I'm drinking them, I try not to think about the fact that Starbucks seems intent on world dominion. Yesterday, while in a local Giant supermarket, so Garden Man could take advantage of the outrageously low price on Coca-Cola products (yes, this is a Coke household, no Pepsi products please), I decided to treat myself to one of those luscious vanilla lattes. Since the temperatures outside had gone from balmy 70's to humid near 90's almost overnight, I decided to make it an ICED latte. While I was waiting for said latte, I happened to glance down at the strategically placed basket near the pick up area. A sign in the basket said "used coffee grounds FREE for your garden." There was one good sized bag in the basket. Hmmmmmmm. I do put my daily coffee filter and grounds in the compost pile. I've heard sprinkling coffee grounds around will keep ants out of an area. Now, that's an idea. Garden Man is positively obsessed with the army of ants that march around the perimeter of our house. He's convinced all of them have found a way in, and he must annihilate them. Since we see one or two ants in the house occasionally, I doubt he's correct. Still, anything to make it look like there are less ants is a good thing. Doubly good if it's environmentally friendly, which Garden Man's ant annihilation tools are NOT.
So, this morning I plan to sprinkle those grounds at the back of my little kitchen garden bed, which is up against the house and where you can always see a line of ants on the move, and in another spot where the foundation isn't obscured by plantings. We'll see what happens.