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Gardening Tea Tips

  • You can grow your own garden with used teabags, seeds, a plastic tray, water and a paper towel. You'll germinate your seeds with the tea bags and then plant them in the garden. 

  • Tea leaves contain tannic acid and nutrients that are natural fertilizers for a garden. As the tea leaves decompose, they release nutrients into the soil, creating a healthier growing environment.  It enriches the soil by increasing nitrogen levels, and also give earthworms (fertilizers) something yummy to eat. Once they digest the leaves they produce a more "nutrient-rich output," making your soil healthier for growing plants.

  • Teabags help with water retention: Bury your tea bags near the root of your plants, flowers, and veggies to help the plants retain more water and stay healthier

  • Tea bags keep pests at bay: Used tea will help keep bugs away from your plants. The odor deters the pests from chewing on your flowers and veggies.  [this includes housecats urinating on your favorite plants, and you can do use this with indoor plants as well]

  • Teabags help keep weeds at bay: When you bury your teabags in the garden, they can help impeded the growth of weeds 

  • Add used tea leaves to a compost pile.  This reduces garbage in general and adds nutrients to a compost pile. Tea increases the decomposition of other items… the acid in the tea can speed up the decomposition process of other items in the compost bin, which means you can use the compost faster.  If you don’t have a compost pile,  just steep tea in water until the water slightly changes color, and then use the liquid to water your plants.