Using Tea to Promote Growth in Other Plants

A silly article about how to reuse your spent teabags is making the rounds on Facebook and other social media sites. So I thought it was good to repost this article I wrote some time ago about proper reuse of spent loose tea leaves (especially since I don’t use teabags and since there are issues with using teabags in composting and gardening). Hope you find these tips helpful.

That “green thumb” urge strikes when the weather turns even slightly more Spring-like. And tea can be your garden’s best friend. Whether in compost or a liquid fertilizer, using tea to promote growth in other plants is becoming increasingly touted. And it’s no small wonder. A lot of good stuff gets infused out of those tea leaves into the water during steeping, but quite a bit remains.

This article addresses tea used on a private basis, not a larger commercial scale done at tea gardens with the leftovers from tea processing. We are also not talking about “compost tea” here, a very misleading term that describes a liquidy version of compost ant is used to water plants.

The methods:

Well, hope all you gardeners got some good ideas here and a better understanding of how tea can help in your garden. Cheers!

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