Think Green for Spring!
Hi Tea Spotters! It’s been a while since I have blogged. How is your almost spring going?? It’s absolutely beautiful in Boulder, Colorado!
I’ve been working on a new project at home. It’s nothing major, but I am nurturing two plants! I am enthusiastic and determined to give them the best TLC these little cacti have ever known. — I know, cacti are almost foolproof, but green thumbs have to start somehow! — Anyway, being the dedicated apartment gardener that I am, I’ve been looking at techniques to use now and later (when I have my dream garden).
I was thrilled to discover that I can use tea in the garden! Both brewed tea and leaves are great sources of nutrients and minerals for plants. FYI, if used on house plants, this can attract gnats or small flies…
Tea leaves can be placed near the base of acidic-loving plants such as roses or tomatoes, scattered atop the soil or even scratched into the soil. Green tea, specifically, is high in nitrogen and can help with pest or insect problems.
Steep your Oolong too long? Share with your petunias! Brewed tea has similarly great benefits for plants. So maybe steep your leaves once more or splash your leftover tea to feed your garden. Either way, you’ll soon notice it blooming with gratitude.
Also, tea composting is another option to recycle loose leaf tea. This method includes brewing the compost and then spraying the “tea” on plants and can have an amazing impact. I will explain that process in greater detail next week (I’m still learning how it works!).
Life’s a garden, dig it!