In honor of Earth Day 2020, the team was thinking about ways in which Revolution Tea can celebrate our planet and give back to the tea drinkers of the world who also enjoy working outside in the garden. We don't have to tell any of you green thumbs out there that tea leaves make an excellent addition to compost piles and garden soils, but for those of you who may have more recently taken up the hobby, we are excited to share the news about tea leaves in compost and as a fertilizer.
To top it off, we are taking this unprecedented Earth Day 2020 celebration as an opportunity to let our community know about an amazing change brewing (we know what we did there) at Revolution Tea. For a limited time, you can pick up sample packs of our revolutionary new product line – the Bio-Line. These tea bags are fully biodegradable and can be put into your compost pile or compost tea bin with no concerns about leftover plastic that traditionally hinders the composting of tea bags as a whole.
Pick some up today and discover where Revolution Tea is headed as we all work to lower our environmental impacts.
As for composting, we have a few tips below to keep your garden soil happy and healthy starting today!
Composting Tea Leaves: Can you put tea bags in the garden?
You can put tea bags in the garden to provide nutrient rich food for the planyts and soil but you have to be aware that most traditional tea bags don't break down full and you will eventually have to remove the polypropylene bag from the dirt or cut the used tea leaves from the bag before burying them. Additionally, some tea bags like those made from silk, paper, and muslin are great for setting and forgetting in the garden as they are fully compostable.
How to Use Tea Leaves and Tea Bags as Fertilizer
Not only can you compost tea bags as fertilizer in the compost bin, but loose leaf teas and compostable tea bags are great when buried around plants in and outside the house. Using tea bags in compost adds a wonderful nitrogen-rich component to the compost that balances the carbon-rich materials, and creates a robust compost fertilizer.
Collect the following to make a really great tea leave fertilize:
- Tea leaves (either loose or in bags)
- A compost bucket
- A three tined cultivator
After enjoying your favorite cup or pot of tea, add the cooled tea bags or leaves to the compost bucket, composting area or bin. Then dump the bucket into the area you want to fertilize after composting is complete, or if composting in a worm bin, dump the contents in the bin and cover lightly to allow for oxygen to enter the mix.
Additionally, you can bury the tea bags or loose leaves in and around plants to utilize the tea leaves nutrients for plant growth directly around the root system. This use of tea bags for plant growth will nourish the plant as the tea bag decomposes, and support the plant with moisture retention and weed repression.
Composting tea bags is a great way to kick off a new you on Earth Day 2020 and with the new Bio-line from Revolution Tea, we can't wait to hear about how your tea habit helped you create a beautiful garden this year.