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

After a hard day’s work, many of us prefer to drink a cup of warm tea. When most people finish their tea, they toss the used tea bag into the trash with little thought. But if you have a garden, then you should think twice before you toss them in the trash.

It turns out that there are actually a lot of things you can do with used tea bags, especially in the garden. We have prepared some very interesting ways of their application.

1. The Bags Decompose
Did you know that most British tea bags are made from a relative of the banana? Manila hemp is made from the fibers of abaca leaf stalks. The bag itself will break down and very little of the plastic they use to seal teabags will virtually disappear within six months.

2. Tea Adds Nutrients To The Soil
Tea leaves contain tannic acid and nutrients that are a natural fertilizer for the garden. As the tea leaves decompose, they release nutrients into the soil, creating a healthier growing environment.

3. Reduce Garbage
Burying tea bags in the garden or tossing them in your compost pile helps to remove excess waste.

4. Tea Bags Keep Pests At Bay
Used tea bags (and coffee grounds) will help keep insects away from plants. The scent prevents pests from chewing on your flowers and veggies.

5. The Smell Of Tea Works On Cats Too
Sprinkle coffee or used tea grounds around the garden to prevent keep Fluffy from urinating on your favorite plants. You can do use this with houseplants as well.

6. Your Tea Bags Can Grow A Garden
Believe it or not, you can grow your own garden using used tea bags, seeds, a plastic tray, water, and paper towels. You will germinate your seeds with tea bags and then plant them in the garden.

7. Tea Increases The Decomposition Of Other Items
If you use tea bags in your soil or compost pile, the acid in the tea can speed up the decomposition process of other things in the compost bin, which means you can use the compost faster.

8. Worms Eat The Tea Leaves
Worms can safely consume tea leaves. Once they digest the leaves, they produce more “nutrient-rich fertilizers,” making your soil healthier for growing plants.

9. Tea Bags Help With Water Retention
Bury your tea bags near the root of your plants, flowers, and veggies to help the plants retain more water and stay healthier.

10. Tea Bags Help Keep Weeds At Bay
When you bury your tea bags in the garden, they can help prevent the growth of weeds (which means less work for you!).

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