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Recycling Tea and Coffee

Martha Stewart Living, June 1997

Your first instinct may be to toss tea bags and coffee filters after they've fulfilled their duties, but if you rethink that notion, you'll find they can also be used in the garden, in moderate amounts. Add used tea leaves and coffee grounds to the compost pile, and use the compost as mulch; or simply mix them into the ground occasionally, letting the nutrients enrich the soil. (Be sure to remove the tags, strings, and staples from tea bags before using them in the garden.) You'll see a noticeable difference in your acid-loving plants, such as azaleas, rhododendrons, and blueberry shrubs.

Comments (2)

  • 11 Aug, 2008

    DEAR PURPLEKNIT: SIMPLY MIX THEM INTO THE GROUND OCCASIONALLY. I EVEN ADD THE COFFEE GROUNDS TO MY POTTED PLANTS. AND WITH THE COFFEE GROUNDS JUST ON TOP THE SOIL, THE PLANTS ARE STARTING TO LOOK GREENER AND HEALTHY. NOW I'M GOING FOR THE HERBS AND SEE IF THEY GET BETTER SINCE IT IS SO DARN HOT HERE IN TEXAS.

  • 10 Apr, 2008

    What happens if we don't have a compost pile. Can the coffee grounds/tea still enrich the soil in a container by itself?