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Hi All,

Can used tea bags be used for compost/mulch on tomato plants. Reason I ask is I have moved to Northern Spain for a while and I have taken over a plot (all containers, pics to follow), and, I am looking at ways to retain as much moisture as possible and enrich the soil at the same time.  

Help Appreciated

 

Androo

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  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,854

    they certainly wont do any harm. I'd be inclined to split the bags open and spread the contents. Some bags take forever to break down.

    Devon.
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  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,854

    nice big ones there Andrew.

    Devon.
  • LynLyn Posts: 23,190

    Gosh Andrew, you drink a lot of tea, mulching those with your tea bags will be a job for the year.image

    nice in the cages, you wont get any cats on those. 

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,854

    don't mention cats Lyn. image

    Devon.
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,854

    I reckon we drink enough tea Lyn  eh?

     

    Devon.
  • Thanks for your reply.It's so dry here, and growing in containers as well! The soil is like dust!

  • LynLyn Posts: 23,190

    Who mentioned cats, not meimage wouldn't dare.

    we could fill a  compost bin in a week with our tea bags eh Hosta..

    Andrew, do you make compost as well to use as a mulch? 

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,753

    Tea bags are excellent although I suspect that (like most compost) they may be slightly acidic.

    Some boxes advertise that the bags are biodegradeable. Most are (and can therefore go on the garden or (prefereably) compost heap intact but some aren't so do check.  The pyramid ones, particularly the fruity ones that aren't real tea tend to be plastic.

  • Hola/ Croeso Androo!! As Steve 309 mentions, the pyramidal teabags survive intact through several composting cycles with me too! Standard paper bags are 'no problemo'. Admiring your 'cage' structure - it should stop most fruit predators & allow for good pollination/ light & airflow. [btw: ?where in Spain are you?].

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