Meomye Posts: 849
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 ). 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
Tea contains minerals - potassium, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, sulphur, iron, manganese, fluoride and others. Very good as a plant food.
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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.
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 rhubarb( memories ) I put mine in the compost bin don't know what it adds but granddad had megga rhubarb
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? Don't have a compost heap.
Just lay them on top, no need to dig in the worms will do that.
Camellia's are partial to a top dressing of tea.
Thanks everyone, so glad I have a use for my mountain of used T bags