As a tea drinker, you might wonder if tea leaves can be useful in your garden. Yes, you can give your plants a boost with tea and tea leaves! Tea leaves can be effectively used as both a fertilizer and a soil conditioner. For an additional benefit, use tea leaves in your compost pile.
From your tea bag to your plants:
Have some tea leftover? Give it to your plants! It will provide them with beneficial nutrients.
Reusing Tea Leaves for Fertilizer
Tea leaves are very rich in nitrogen and contain a lot of different micronutrients that will help enrich the soil. They are best used for houseplants, as you can easily add a small amount at a time.
Mix Lightly into Soil
Grind up your tea leaves, which helps with the breakdown of the leaves and releases the nutrients. Mix a small amount of the leaves into the top layer of the soil only.
Fertilize Every Few Months
As with any type of fertilizer, too much application can be harmful. When reusing tea leaves for fertilizing, you want to keep it to a schedule of about 2 tablespoons of tea leaves once every 3 to 4 months. Source.
From your garden to your teapot:
Not only can you add berries, fruit and citrus to your iced teas, but herbs like lemon verbena, peppermint, rosemary and lavender will also give it a nice twist.
Prepare the leaves by rubbing them between your fingers. This will bruise them and release their essential oils. For more information on tea-able flowers and herbs, go here.
Some tea & herb combinations:
Citrus Rosemary Herbal
Steep slices of orange, lime, lemon with sprigs of rosemary to make a light and citrusy treat. Add black tea—English Breakfast, for example—to give it more body.
Lime & Mint Green Tea
A delicious blend of fresh peppermint, green tea and lime juice makes a refreshing iced drink. Add sugar for a Moroccan iced tea experience, and garnish with sliced limes!