There are half a dozen coffee shops in the hood, but if you are a gardener you can get an extra pick me up for your garden at some of them. Good Earth packages and gives away used grounds for your garden and compost pile.
In the compost, grounds are considered green materials, even though they are brown. Coffee grounds can also be dug directly into the soil, which is how I use them on the balcony, or used as a mulch. All good.
One of the many things I have learned tending alpine troughs on the balcony is to let them be in the spring.
I used to fuss and think the tufa planters needed to be cleaned up. But they don’t. The tiny, early sprouts of alpine plants are best left alone. They are tender and sometimes take a little longer to emerge. Water if you must, but leave them alone to grow or rest as they see fit.
While easy access to water is still pending in the construction zone, I’m not setting up the ponds. But that doesn’t mean they are empty. The agaves from the window sill garden have been moved outside. To temporarily fill the void in two of the stone troughs.
And the other stone troughs have their rock perches in place, waiting.