I tell you, used tea bags are like gold nuggets around the Baker house. Here’s a few easy ways to put yours to good use, instead of tossing them in the trash:Repair bare spots in your lawn by placing a moist, used tea bag on the spot and sprinkling grass seed directly onto the bag.Dump used tea bags onto the soil in your container plants and cover with mulch. The decomposing tea leaves will provide your plants with nourishment every time you water.Steep used tea bags in water overnight, and then use this water on your azaleas and ferns to boost the soil’s acidity and take your plants to new heights.When repotting plants, place two or three used tea bags in the bottom of each container on top of a drainage layer of pebbles to help the soil retain moisture.To get your grass seed off to a rip-roarin’ start, steep a used tea bag in 1 gallon of hot water until cool, then mix the resulting weak tea with 1 cup of dishwashing liquid and 1/4 cup of Epsom salts. Soak seeds for 2 days in the refrigerator, dry out, and sow to your heart’s content.
and you know what else. I always empty my used tea bags into a container which when full, I take out to the garden.
Less then a week ago, while doing some seed gathering chores, I threw some Vinca seed pods that I thought were skinny (young) to actually produce. Well, what do you know. Those darn fellows sprouted. Since the tea is wet when I throw it into the contain, there is lots of time for it to decompose some before I use it. I’m going to use it in my seed starter mix.
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