You’ll never throw out your used tea bags again!

Do you have a green thumb and do you like to spend your afternoons working in the garden? Then this is the perfect tip for you. We usually throw out our used tea bags immediately after making tea. That’s a huge waste, though, because there are a couple of reasons why a used tea bag can make a big difference for your garden!

A used tea bag can work real miracles in your garden.

Garden

Growing a bunch of different seedlings can be quite a challenge. The reason for this is that most seedlings never even germinate, despite all the love and care you put into them. Luckily, we’ve found a very easy way for you to turn your garden into a true paradise for plants. All you need to do is bury a used tea bag in the earth.

Extra nutrition

By adding a tea bag to the earth in your garden, you provide it with extra nutrition. Tea leaves contain tannin and nutrients that serve as a natural fertiliser for the earth. The bag itself is made out of fibers from the stalk of the abaca plant, which is a type of banana plant. The tea will easily dissolve in the earth and provides a healthy environment for flowers and plants to grow.

Vermin

The tea bags also keep vermin at a distance. Used tea bags as well as coffee grounds help to keep vermin away from your flowers and plants. The smell chases away any creatures that would like to take a bite out of your precious plants.

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Speeds up disintegration

It’s also a very smart idea to add a used tea bag to your compost heap. The acids within the tea will speed up the process of the disintegration of the compost. This means you’ll be able to use the compost for your garden much sooner than you would otherwise. That’ll make both you and your garden very happy!

Retains water

Bury the used tea bag close to the roots of your flowers or plants in the earth. Doing this will help your plants and flowers retain more water within the earth. This way you will make sure they stay much healthier!

Weeds

This is something you don’t want in your garden: weeds. Luckily, tea bags are the perfect solution for this as well, since they’ll keep weeds at bay. By burying a used tea bag in the earth, you’ll make it a lot harder for the weeds to grow alongside your healthy plants and flowers.

Germinating seedlings

The growth process of little seedlings can be made a lot easier through the use of a tea bag. All you need is used tea bags, seeds, a plastic planter and water. Germinate the seedlings in the planter like you would do normally, but add the tea bags to the earth. This will speed up the process a lot! When the seedlings have germinated, you can easily move them to a larger planter or directly into your garden.

Cats

Do you often have neighbourhood cats wandering through your garden? Tea bags or some coffee grounds can help keep them out as well. The smell will repel the cats. Sprinkle some coffee grounds or tea over the earth of your garden to prevent cats from peeing or pooping all over it. Extra tip: this also works to keep your own cats away from the plants inside your home.

Worms eat tea leaves

It doesn’t sound very nice; worms in your garden. Yet these slippery little fellas are very good for your garden. Worms can very easily eat tea leaves. When these leaves have been digested and get back into the earth they’ll produce even more nutrients for a super fertile garden.