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Garden Tea Party

4 Ways to keep your garden lush and beautiful with your leftover tea.

By Colleen Walsh Fong

Day 4 of 10 Days of Tea

Do you have a green thumb or are you just green with envy of those who do? I’m not sure how green my thumb is, but I have an avid interest in all things garden-related. Through years of drought and flood I’ve learned to garden in a Darwinian way. My plants are purely in survival-of-the-fittest mode. Green gardeners are always looking for natural and inexpensive ways to nourish their woody and herbaceous charges. Here are a few tips to help:

Invite ferns to a tea party. Wet tea leaves (or bags) worked into the soil around ferns, and even an occasional watering with the beverage (hold the milk and sugar!) provides the acid they love. 

Rose bushes benefit from the nutrients in tea. Quench their thirst by spreading your used tea bags, or loose tea around their bases, as far out as the roots are likely to go. Cover them with mulch and let them work their magic.

Help your pots retain water for the plants they hold by using tea bags toward the pot bottoms. They’ll capture some of the water and it will cause the bags to release nutrients into the soil, too.

Pour unused brewed tea onto your compost heap to speed decomposition.

Speeding up anything is always a hit with me. Enjoy these garden tips, and find ways to speed up meal prep at Easy Weekly Meals.

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And be sure to check back tomorrow for Day 5 of 10 Days of Tea for National Hot Tea Month.

Rose Image courtesy of Marc Aert/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Fern Image courtesy of Victor Habbick / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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