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leaf mold,

crumbly brown humushumus
, organic matter that has decayed to a relatively stable, amorphous state. It is an important biological constituent of fertile soil. Humus is formed by the decomposing action of soil microorganisms (e.g.
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 typical of forest floors. It is composed of decayed leaves and other plant material mixed with soil.

leaf mold

[′lēf ‚mōld]
(geology)
A soil layer or compost consisting principally of decayed vegetable matter.
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Rotted sawdust, leaf mold or the abundance of organic matter in garden waste compost also can compensate for the absence of vermiculite, a mined mineral with as many environmental issues as peat moss.
Peat moss, leaf mold, ground-aged bark, sawdust or composted steer manure all improve both the drainage and fertility of the soil.
You could sprinkle the coffee grounds directly around your plants but, to speed up their decomposition, you should keep humus-rich mulch - such as oak leaf mold or rotting straw - around these same plants.
Since asparagus prefers an acidic soil, it would make sense to mulch the surrounding area with an acidic material such as peat moss, oak leaf mold or a finished compost such as Nitrohumus, all of which should be available by the bag at your neighborhood nursery.
Use finished compost, leaf mold, peat moss, nitrohumus or whatever decomposed organic material you can lay your hands on; mix in at least 12 cubic feet of amendments per 100 square feet of raised beds.