Don’t Throw Away Your Tea Bags. Here Are 10 Reasons Why You Should Plant Them Instead

Drinking a cup of warm tea before going to bed is an excellent way to make drifting off into dreams more easily. The one thing that most people are always doing after finishing their cup of tea is to get rid of the tea bag, believing that there are useless.

But, it turns out that they are wrong, as there are a few useful things that can be done with used tea bags, especially in the garden. Below you can see why should bury the used teabags instead of throwing them in the trash.

  1. Tea Bags Decompose

Most herbal teas are put into tea bags made from manila hemp, a type of fiber obtained from abacá (Musa textilis), which is relative to edible bananas. According to UK Tea & Infusions Association, tea bags and the very little plastic that is used to seal them decompose within 6 months.

  1. Tea Provides Nutrients to the Soil

Tea leaves are a good source of tannic acid and other nutrients that act as natural fertilizers for a small garden. According to an article published by The Gardening Cook, when the tea leaves are decomposing, they are releasing a valuable amount of nutrients into the soil, creating a healthier growing environment.

  1. Reduce Garbage

Burying your tea bags into the garden or tossing them in your compost pile is one of the simplest ways to eliminate excess waste.

  1. Tea Bags Keep Pests at Bay

Place used tea bags and coffee grounds around your garden to keep bugs away from your veggies and flowers. Their powerful odor will deter the pests from chewing your plants

  1. The Smell of Tea Also Works on Cats

Sprinkle some used tea ground of coffee ground to prevent your pet from urinating on your favorite plants. Earth911 also recommends doing this with your indoor plants.

  1. Your Tea Bags Can Grow a Garden:

It probably sounds unbelievable, but you can easily grow your own garden with 21 used tea bags, a paper towel, a small plastic tray, water, and seeds. Click here to find out how!

  1. Tea Speeds Up the Decomposition of Other Items

Tea contains a type of acid that speeds up the decomposition process of other items in the compost bin, which allows you to use the compost faster.

  1. Worms Eat the Tea Leaves

Feeding worms with tea leaves is also a good idea. According to VeggieGardener, once the worms are done with processing the tea leaves in their system, they produce a more “nutrient-rich output, making your soil healthier for growing plants.

  1. Tea Bags Help With Water Retention

Burying your tea bags near the root of your plants will help them retain more water and stay healthier.

  1. Tea Bags Can Keep Weeds at Bay

When you bury your teabags in your garden, they will help impede the growth of weeds. This means that there is going to be less work for you.

Sources:

http://diyeverywhere.com/2017/03/20/dont-throw-away-your-teabags-heres-10-reasons-why-you-should-plant-them-instead/?src=jfh_59220&t=syn

http://womanperspective.com/dont-throw-away-teabags-heres-10-reasons-plant-instead/

http://www.veggiegardener.com/the-benefits-of-tea-leaves-in-the-garden/

https://www.tea.co.uk/news/the-power-of-the-humble-tea-bag

http://thegardeningcook.com/tea-bags/

http://earth911.com/food/reuse-coffee-grounds-and-tea-bags/2/

http://kcc.org.nz/portfolio/grow-a-tea-bag-garden/

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