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Should You Use Fresh Coffee Grounds or Used Coffee Grounds for Your Plants?

Man scooping used coffee grounds into a plant as fertilizer
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Whether you consider yourself a plant parent, an avid gardener, or you’re just tired of killing all of the greenery you plant every spring, there are plenty of hacks available designed to give your plants the nutrients they need to grow and thrive. Some of those hacks even utilize ingredients you use every day or things you can repurpose for the greater good of your greenery.

If you’ve spent any time researching healthy plant hacks, maybe you’ve heard of the coffee grounds trick already.

But, if you want to give your plants the best chance at soaking up nutrients from coffee grounds, make sure to use the ones that already helped to brew your morning joe.

Used coffee grounds are much better for your plants because some of the acidity is gone. Not all plants thrive with extra acidity, and it’s very important to make sure you’re considering the type of soil, plants, and even coffee you’re using.

But, once you’ve done your research on whether your preferred plants are okay with acidic soil, you can reuse and repurposes your morning coffee grounds to help them grow.

Let the grounds cool down completely and add them to your compost bin or sprinkle them directly on your soil. Coffee grounds contain vital nutrients like nitrogen and potassium. These ingredients are often found in commercial plant fertilizers, but why not stretch the life of grounds you were going to throw away?

While adding coffee grounds to your soil might not be the only solution you should try to help your plants, it’s a great way to give them more nutrients while cutting back on food waste.

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