I'm not really sure where this should go, but this seemed like the most appropriate place. We have highly alkaline soil (I live in Limestone County if that tells you anything!) so I have been adding coffee grounds to my acid lovers as a simple fertilizer. We only have 1/4 acre and two small children, so I really haven't figured out how to make room for a full blown composting area, but love the idea. We go through so much coffee at my house that it seems to be dumb to throw it out.
Anyway, we (finally!) had a couple days of heavy storms and the last couple of days it has been hot and humid, but no rain. I noticed yesterday the mold around the base of my peppers and hydrangeas where I add the coffee grounds. Is this to be expected? I know decomp critters are a normal part of composting, but I just don't know much about the process, so since I wasn't doing the composting process, I wasn't sure if this was okay.
Should I be fully drying the grounds or just dumping them damp? It seems to me like they are going to get wet anyway when watering them. Should I put them out somewhere to do whatever molding and stuff they are going to do before I put them on the plants?
Any advice would be appreciated.