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Are coffee grounds good for plants?

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Coffee grounds contain fatty acids, nutrients and essential oils that are very good for most plants. As the grounds decompose, they release nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and more into the soil, all of which are good for plants. The grounds also improve soil drainage and texture.

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Grounds can be worked into the soil with nitrogen fertilizer until they begin to break down. They can also be used in mulch and compost as long as it is done carefully. When spread too thickly in mulch, compost can stop air and moisture movement, and too much in mulch can hurt the composition. While most plants can benefit from the addition of coffee grounds, varieties, such as geraniums and alfalfa, don't grow properly if it's added to the soil.

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