The joys of composting with McEntee’s loose Tea mulch

4 step tea to lunch

The joys of composting with McEntee’s loose Tea mulch

We thought we’d take a moment to give a shout out for an environmentally friendly thing we do with our used tea leaves: compost! Here’s a four step summary…

  1. Brew yourself a delicious tasting cup of award winning McEntee’s tea using a filter teapot, filter mug or infuser. Take a moment to enjoy with family – we like to think of you making it an occasion to be remembered. sharing your stories of the day around the teapot.
  2. When cleaning your teapot remove the tea leaf mulch and place into your composting bin. The loose tea swells in the pot, ball, or strainer, making it nice and moist and therefore more suitable to break down. When your counter top composting bin is full empty in your compost heap. If you don’t have the space for a compost pile, vermicompost (worm mulching) works as well. Tea leaves are a great source of organic material for gardens and compost piles. As a “green” or nitrogen-rich component of compost, it provides a valuable counterbalance to the “browns” or carbon-rich materials. (If you brew your tea in a bag chances are it will not decompose in your compost heap due to approximately 11.6 billion microplastics and 3.1 billion nanoplastics in each one.)
  3. Dig your mature compost into your weeded vegetable patch in the spring and plant out your young vegetable plants, leaving plenty of space between each plant. We planted lettuce, carrots, parsnips, Beetroot, turnips, peas, raspberries, tomatoes and potatoes in a small area outside our back door. Keep watering over the next few weeks and months.
  4. Harvest your vegetables in the Autumn, lettuces and beetroot for your salads and later the carrots, parsnips, turnip and potatoes will grow to give the ingredients for a hearty soup! A rewarding and cost effective lunch to again enjoy with family!