The tea bag does not belong in the bin. In the garden, it enriches the soil and can keep away vermin

Do you love hot teas during autumn days? And do you have a lot of tea bags left over? If you used to throw them away, try to change that now. They have many uses. It’s a shame to throw them in the bin when you can reuse them. For example:

  • A odour control
  • Fertilising plants
  • Degreasing dirty dishes

Enrich soil with nutrients

Has every seed always germinated or every seedling taken hold? Probably not. In fact, growing seedlings can sometimes be quite a challenge. Sometimes they sprout profusely and sometimes they simply don’t, despite all the love and care you put into them. Fortunately, it can be helped, and now we’re not talking about commercial fertilizers, but just plain used tea bags headed for the trash. If you bury used tea bags in the ground, you are doing a good deed for the soil. The bags will enrich it with many beneficial nutrients as they decompose, and the plants themselves will thank you for it.


Serves as a natural fertilizer

It’s very simple, so don’t look for any science in it. Tea leaves are rich in tannin and nutrients that serve as a natural fertilizer. Interestingly, the tea bag itself is made from the fibers of the stem of the abaca plant, a type of banana. Therefore, the tea bag will decompose very easily in the soil, providing a healthy environment for the growth of flowers and plants.

Removes vermin

A great advantage of tea bags is that they also repel all sorts of plant pests. This is because they give off a specific smell that is not very pleasant to insects, thus driving away any creatures that would get the urge to take a bite of your precious seedlings and plants. If you’re more concerned about cats marking their territory on your plants, this applies to them too. The tea scent will safely repel them, so they will choose something other than your carefully tended seedling beds as their target.