Friends are always sending me links to tea related articles. Truth is, most of the information I’m already aware of. I’m still flattered that they thought of me when reading it and wanted to pass it along. This one had a few things to teach me. It’s all about planting your used tea bags. This works equally as well with your whole leaf tea leaves of course, which is what I mostly drink. In fact, given the additional amount of tea that I steep in each cup or pot, compared to a tea bag, I should have exceptional success.

The article cites 10 reasons why it’s a great idea to bury your tea bag. I hadn’t realized that at this point, tea bags seem to be compostable, at least according to the U.K Tea Infusion Association . Years ago, they were commercially compostable but not back-yard-composting compostable.

A few tips were especially interesting to me. I was unaware that tea is a natural pest repellent. Apparently some critters don’t like the smell which is quite good news for me because I live in a rural area and we’ve got critters galore. You wouldn’t believe the “natural” things we’ve used to try and discourage critters and other pests in our garden, to no avail.

I was also unaware that tea bags aid in water retention in your garden as well. I think that’s something that everyone can benefit from given the increasing heat that each summer seems to bring. If that’s not a good enough reason to plant your tea bags, did you know that they discourage weeds? I didn’t research the article but it certainly seems worth a try for so many reasons. If you have any experience with this, I’d love to hear your story.