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Tea Anyone?

I have noticed a few posts recently about coffee in the garden but was wondering what I could do with tea, (I am partial to a cup or two of Yorkshire image ). I noticed an old thread where Verdon mentioned emptying out and sprinkling on ericacious plants. I am keen to do this but was curious, is it only good for ericacious varieties and what benefits does it have? Thanks


  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,136

    Tea contains minerals - potassium, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, sulphur, iron, manganese, fluoride and others.   Very good as a plant food.

    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
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  • LynLyn Posts: 21,896

    I always put it on  the compost heap.

    I used to buy t bags and dry them out emptying the leaves on the heap, now I buy loose tea, always Yorkshire, as my usual Fair Trade brand doesnt do loose tea. Works out cheaper and no wasteful bags to get rid of.

    My mum used to empty the tea pot straight onto the garden, usually my job as a child, dont know if it made any difference though. I prefer to mix it in.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • chickychicky Posts: 10,378

    We add our used teabags to the compost heap - bag and all.  They seem to break down like everything else.

  • My grandad had a bucket outside the back door and all the dregs went in there for him to take to the allotment. He used to say it was for the rhubarbimage( memories image) I put mine in the compost bin don't know what it adds but granddad had megga rhubarbimage

  • MeomyeMeomye Posts: 849

    Thanks for replies, forgot to mention I use T bags. To clarify, if I save up, empty out, can I put on top of soil or do I have to tickle in? image Don't have a compost heap. 

  • LynLyn Posts: 21,896

    Just lay them on top, no need to dig in the worms will do that.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    Camellia's are partial to a top dressing of tea.

  • MeomyeMeomye Posts: 849

    Thanks everyone, so glad I have a use for my mountain of used T bags image

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