How Green Are You With Your Tea?
I’m in a condo, so I guess I have the same issues as an apartment dweller. I have thought about composting here though, and the city is rolling out a program I think, but I’m unsure what to do with it. I am 15 floors high and facing north northwest, and even in summer, my balcony hardly gets any sunlight light to grow anything.
this topic is very interesting, I’d like to summarize some functions of the brewed tea leaves.
Usually, after we drank the tea, we always pour the tea leaves, because we do not know how to reuse the tea leaves, so much of them were wasted.
Except those mentioned in the link, the following are other functions:
1: put the dried brewed tea leaves in toilet or the ditch, then use fire to light it, which can get rid of mosquito
2: if there is a place that very moisture, then laying the dried brewed tea leaves on the floor, because it have a strong adsorption.
3: if the container have the fishy smell, you can use the container with boiling water to steep several minutes, it is a good way to remove fishy(also can put them in fridge to eliminate fishy)
4: put tea leaves onto plant roots, for this can promote its growth. But you’d better not to pour it in a flowerpot, due to the inconvenience of cleaning, and also will lead to
the decay, infestation as well as odor.
5: eliminate the moist and odor within the shoes.
6: it also can be used as shampoo, make the hair full of natural nourishment.
This is just a part of the functions, tea leaves can be used in many aspects. The following link are other functions for the brewed tea leaves: http://www.teavivre.com/info/uses-for-tea/
Vermaculture is easy, even in an apartment. We have worms busily working at turning our veggie waste into beautiful soil. No smell, no mold, just lovely hard working worms. They love tea leaves. It’s a favourite food for them. So get to it…
Definitely compost your tea – red wrigglers (the worms used for vermicompost) really love it! However, I would strongly suggest against putting your tea in your houseplants. For one thing, there is not a strong population of decomposers in that soil, so your leaves will sit there for a long while attracting the unwanted attention of molds and fruit flies. Also, like some people have mentioned, it’s too acidic for the bulk of indoor plants.
By adding them instead to your vermicompost and collecting the compost tea that is produced gives you a nice, natural fertilizer for your houseplants. Just be sure to dilute it before using so that you don’t burn the roots!