tea bags

can any Pearson tell me can you put tea bags on borders or do they cause ants


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 42,788

    No they won't cause antsimage - I put them in my compost bin and spread the resulting compost on the borders - the bags are not totally biodegradable nowadays as most of them are not made totally of paper.

    Gardening is cheaper than therapy, and you get tomatoes. 
  • Lynda TLynda T Posts: 7

    I empty the tea leaves from the bags before I put them in the compost bin. Otherwise you end up with the bags in the finished compost. Not very attractive and not so good for wild life.

  • PentilliePentillie Posts: 411

    You can spray them with Radox and bury them just under the surface of the soil - a great deterrent if you have cats using your borders as a loo!

  • LynLyn Posts: 8,076

    That should be Ralgex spray!

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 
  • flowering roseflowering rose Posts: 1,632

    they dont attract ants but just put them in the compost bin .

  • TomskTomsk Posts: 204

    Is there any easy way to tell whether your tea bags are all-paper?

    I've been throwing them in whole for a couple of years now, wnd when I turn it periodically they all seem to have burst open, though there are have rotted bits of bag. Maybe that's whatever isn't paper?

    As an aside, I stopped putting loo role tubes in because they seem to take forever to degrade. Almost as long as cranberries!

  • Tea bags marufactured to remain whole when soaked in boiling water and so none of them biodegrade very easily. I usually break them up and bury them when I'm using the compost and they do seem to have disapeared when I dig the soil again.

  • PentilliePentillie Posts: 411

    Thanks Lyn! The cats in our road are the cleanest in town!





    I have used teabags in compost bins, bottom of pots.....helps with water retention, straight on the garden , bags broken or left whole, and any left over tea use to water acid loving plants. go on be a devil.
  • I only use loose tea ,as  I live in a hard water area which leaves a scum floating on the top ,,so should I save them for my compost or put them directly on to the soil .



  • Gold1locksGold1locks Posts: 499

    I have been putting teabags in my compost bins for years and I have never noticed unregraded teabags when using the compost after 6 - 12 months. I don't even bother to remove the tags / string that some teabags have. 

    I would not compost the synthetic net-like tea bags (tea pigs?) as I am pretty sure they won't biodegrade. 

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 42,788


    I knew I'd read about it somewhere - and it looks like the 'tea pigs' are now bio-degradable too image

    Gardening is cheaper than therapy, and you get tomatoes. 
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