When you finish your teas, do you throw your used bags in the garbage? However, they are very useful for your garden. Indeed, the filters are often biodegradable and the tea leaves offer multiple benefits for the soil and plants. Here are our 11 tips for recycling your tea bags in the garden.
1 - Easily recycle the bags and their contents
Feel free to put your tea bags in the garden, most filters are biodegradable. Indeed, many bags are made from plant fibers, including abaca. This means that the tea bags break down easily in the soil, without polluting the ground. However, check the material your bag is made of before recycling it in the garden. Some are still made from plastic. If this is the case, feel free to open the bag and retrieve its contents. You can use only the brewed tea for the next tips.
2 - Recycle your tea bags: less waste
At home, every little ecological gesture counts for the health of the planet. By using your tea bags in the garden, you give them a second life and produce less waste. This prevents them from being burned with the household garbage, without being recycled. In addition, your old teas are doing nature a favor by decomposing.
3 - A natural fertilizer for plants
After brewing, the tea leaves still contain nutrients, including nitrogen. By burying your tea bags in the garden, you are providing a natural fertilizer for plants. Your plants grow faster and stay healthy in the face of climate change and pests.
4 - Repellent effect against insects
At home and in the garden, the scent of brewed tea keeps unwanted insects away. Placing tea bags in the garden is a great way to protect plants from pests. This is a natural alternative to chemical repellents that weaken the health of your garden and its ecosystem. If you're not a big tea drinker, here are two tips to achieve the same effect against insects.
- A similar result can be obtained by using coffee grounds.
- Let your old tea bags steep in water until the color changes and then water your garden with the resulting infusion.
5 - A smell that repels cats
The smell of tea or coffee does not only keep insects away. Cats do not like tea bags in the garden. Recycling your tea bags in this way prevents cats from digging in the soil around plants, nibbling on the leaves or urinating on them. Used tea also protects your potted plants or indoor plants. This way, your feline friend won't bother your most fragile plants, which can be toxic for him.
6 - Sprouting seeds in a tea bag
Here's a simple homemade tip for germinating seeds:
- open your used tea bag;
- place seeds in the middle;
- in a pot, add fertile soil and then the bag containing the seeds;
- cover the seeds with soil and pack lightly;
- Keep the soil moist until the seeds germinate.
Rich in nitrogen and other nutrients, tea leaves are an excellent substrate. Thus, the seeds germinate quickly. The plants or flowers grow faster and are more robust.
7 - Use of the bags in the compost
Another tip for using your tea bags in the garden: throw them in the compost bin! Teas contain tannic acid. This acid speeds up the decomposition of organic waste. This way, you get your compost faster.
8 - Feeding earthworms for a rich soil
Earthworms are great allies in your garden. They aerate the soil by digging galleries. These animals love tea leaves. By burying your tea bags in the garden, you attract and feed them. Earthworm droppings contain many nutrients and enrich the soil, perfect for your plants!
9 - Tips for retaining water in the soil
For the growth and maintenance of certain plants, it is sometimes imperative to keep their roots moist. Thanks to your used tea bags, this becomes a child's play. Simply bury them at the foot of your plants. The filter and the tea leaves retain water for a long time.
10 - A stimulating effect for the growth of flowers
Tea acts as a fertilizer, stimulating plant growth and flowering. This is especially true for rose bushes. To have beautiful flowers in spring, bury your tea bags under your ornamental plants. No more chemicals to grow beautiful roses with a delicate smell.
11 - More tea, less weeds
Tired of weeding your vegetable garden? The latest homemade trick is to bury your tea bags in the garden to limit the growth of weeds. Be patient, the results are not immediately visible.
Make good use of these tips to properly use your tea bags in the garden. Looking for a natural, compostable filter for your brew? Check out our plant fiber tea bags.