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Ever have one of those days where the teenagers are belligerent, the dog escapes from the yard, and your dishwasher decides to start leaking all over your kitchen floor? I seem to have those days an awful lot! At the end of such a day I look forward to a cup of tea, usually accompanied by something in the chocolate family. A mug of hot chamomile tea can be the perfect way to wind down after a stressful day. I also enjoy an uplifting green tea in the morning or peppermint tea when my stomach is feeling a bit queasy. Needless to say, we drink a lot of tea in my house and Bigelow tea is a brand you will often find steeping in my mug. With a foil pouch for freshness I know they will always taste delicious. They were the perfect choice for my recent experiment with planting a teabag garden!
If you are a tea lover concerned with reducing your carbon footprint, Bigelow is a great choice for your next mug of tea. They are a family owned, zero waste company and are serious about protecting the environment and giving back to our community. Their SustainabiliTea program focuses on 4 main areas: Energy, Waste, Land and Suppliers. Here are a few key facts about their sustainability efforts:
- Since 2007 they have generated over 6,429,534 kWh of solar energy. That’s enough energy to power 527 homes for a year!
- They are protecting 347 acres of land from development.
- They are part of the Ethical Tea Partnership, an organization that works with tea growers to establish methods for responsible conservation of the world’s tea fields and improve the lives of the people who work them.
- They compost approximately 2 tons of material annually.
I also love that they have a wide selection of organic tea to choose from as well! When I was asked to partner with Collective Bias and discuss what you can do with your leftover Bigelow teabags, I decided to showcase how you can use old teabags to plant a teabag garden. To start my project, I headed to Walmart to see what sort of selection I could find. Tea is fairly easy to find at Walmart along with the coffee since it is in the cereal isle…another morning favorite in my house! There were many varieties available but I went with the Green tea with natural Pomegranate flavor. With just a touch of sugar it made a delicious iced tea and left me with lots of teabags to reuse! Always happy when I can find a way to NOT throw something in the trash can!
I bet you are wondering what a teabag garden is, right? No, you are not growing herbs to put INTO the teabags! Instead, you take that leftover used teabag and repurpose it as a sprouting medium for your garden seeds. Tea leaves are loaded with nutrients…not just for our bodies when we drink the tea but also for growing seeds. Here is a quick run down on how to reuse your teabags to plant a tea garden:
First off, you need some leftover tea bags. You can save them up every morning for a few weeks (leave them someplace where they will dry out so they don’t get moldy) or you can make up a big batch of homemade iced tea, using 8 to 10 bags at once. My family loves iced tea so that was the method I chose to use. Now, it is time to make your teabag garden!
How to Plant a Teabag Garden
8 to 10 used teabags (or as many as you would like to plant!)
unbleached paper towels (bleach residue is not good for sprouting seeds!)
seeds of choice ( I used beans but cucumbers, squash, peas, and many other veggies grow great from seed!)
Glass measuring cup with water (1/3 cup is more than enough)
If your teabags are dry, soak them in water for a minute or so to rehydrate them before beginning.
Lay 2 paper towels on your plastic tray.
Place the teabags on the paper towels, laying them on their side.
Using the scissors, snip a hole in the teabg that runs most of the length of the teabag from top to bottom.
Place one to two seeds (depending on size) into each teabag, trying to tuck it into the wet tea leaves as best as possible. It doesn’t have to be completely buried but at least partially covered is best.
Gently pour water onto the paper towel, avoiding the tops of the teabags as much as possible. You want the teabags to soak up the water from the bottom.
Place the tray out of direct sunlight and keep the paper towel wet until the seeds germinate. The amount of time needed will vary depending on the type of seed. Check the back of the package for germination times.
Once you have sprouts in your teabags that are 2 to 3 centimeters tall you can plant the entire teabag along with the sprout directly into the soil. Make sure you plant during the appropriate season for your location and keep the soil damp until the seedlings are well established.
My little sprouts aren’t quite ready to go out to the garden yet but stop back in a couple of weeks for the unveiling of my teabag garden!
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