November 25, 2015

Tea leaves for the garden

You may have used coffee grounds in your garden, but did you know that tea leaves can make an even better fertilizer? Here’s why, and how to use them.

Coffee grounds can be a great source of nitrogen for the garden or the compost pile, but spent tea leaves are even better! In fact, the “grounds” from your tea contain twice as much nitrogen as coffee grounds, as well as nearly twice as much phosphorus and potassium, making them a more balanced fertilizer all around.

One caution though – some tea brands now use a blend of synthetic materials for their tea bags, which you don’t want in your garden, so be sure when choosing your tea that you only use brands with fully compostable tea bags, or even better – loose tea leaves. Also remember if you’re growing organic, make sure you’re also buying organic tea.

If you’re a tea drinker, don’t let those used leaves go to waste! Try these simple tips for using them to grow a great garden:

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About the author 

Rose S.

An avid gardener since childhood, I love sharing my passion for gardening with others! I have gardened in a number of different climates and settings, from large fenced garden plots, to tiny patio and container gardens, and I firmly believe that everyone can learn to grow at least some of their own food - no matter where you live. Growing your own food can help you take control of your own health and food supply, and there has never been a better time to get started!

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