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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:

Watering 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!   High-res

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:

Watering 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!

Scone Recipes for Easter Brunch


Strawberry Scones with Meyer Lemon from goodLife {eats} • Buttermilk Poppy Seed Citrus Scones from goodLife {eats}

Carrot Cake Scones from The Kitchen Magpie • Bacon and Cheddar Scones from Buns in My Oven

Blueberry Scones from La Petit Brioche

More Sweet Scones:

Orange Glazed Strawberry Scones from La Petit Brioche
Lavender Walnut Scones from Chelsea Bakes
Chocolate Chip Cherry Scones from Belly Up
Oatmeal Maple Scones from Lisa Is Cooking
Vegan Coconut Milk Scones from Art of Dessert
Cardamom Ginger Scones from 1 Big Bite
Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Scones from Fabulous Foods
Cinnamon Sugar Scones from Anecdotes and Apples
Banana Chip Scones from My Kitchen Addiction
Whole Wheat Lemon Poppy Seed Scones from Back to Her Roots
Mixed Berry Tangerine Scones from Eclectic Recipes

More Savory Scones:

Cheddar Dill Scones from Annie Eats
Bacon, Gruyere and Green Onion Scones from Spoon Fork Bacon
Jalapeno Cheddar Scones from Epicurean Mom
Cheesy Scones from Mango & Tomato
Savory Gluten-Free Scones with Olives and Rosemary from Gluten-Free Goddess

A Collection of Our Favorite Matcha Recipes


Farfalle Italiane with Matcha Green Tea from Apron and Sneakers
Matcha Pancakes from Une-deux senses

Chewy Matcha Chip Cookies from Une-deux senses
Matcha Green Tea Sea Salt Cookies from CookingTackle

White Chocolate Green Tea Ice Cream by Mary Lou Heiss
Green Tea Cupcakes with Honey Frosting from Baked In

More Recipes:

Matcha Green Tea Macarons from Yummy Workshop
Matcha au Lait Cheesecake from Evan’s Kitchen Ramblings
Matcha Strawberry Shortcake from Foodagraphy by Chelle
Matcha Mochi Cupcakes from Humble Bean
Green Tea Mille-Crêpes from Zen Can Cook
Chocolate Matcha Earl Grey Cake from Use Real Butter
Matcha Pasta: Step-by-Step from Gourmantine’s Blog
Matcha and Vanilla Mini Doughnuts from Bread et Butter
Matcha Tiramisu from Almost Bourdain

Recipe: Matcha Green Tea & Oats



Do you flavor your morning oatmeal with tea? Leave us a comment and tell us what flavors you use. We’re always looking for new ideas!

If you’re a Matcha fan, here’s a great recipe from Pig Pig’s Corner to try.

Matcha Green Tea & Oats
4 tbs Porridge Oats
1 cup Semi-Skimmed Milk
1 tsp (or more) Matcha
Agave Nectar or any other sweetener
Crunchy Granola (optional)

Directions:
1. Heat oats and milk in a pot, cook until the consistency you desire.
2. Stir in Matcha.
3. Add sweetener to taste.
4. Enjoy with some crunchy granola.