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Bigelow Tea Fan Kristy Shares How To Start A Tea Bag Garden

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At Bigelow Tea, we are big fans of composting, so we get super excited when a tea fan shares a new composting tip, especially when it involves used Bigelow tea bags.  Meet fan Kristy as she shares her family story, the how-tos and pictures on starting a tea bag garden:

You can start a garden easily and with very little expense using tea bags.  When I was growing up, my family would go to Puerto Rico every year for spring break.  It was there, visiting my grandmother (Abuela), that I first learned about tea bag gardening. 

My grandmother always served tea in the evening and collected our used tea bags in a glass jar.  At the time, being about 6 years old, I thought this was an odd practice, so I asked her why she was saving our old tea bags and she said that she would show me in the morning.  The next morning, my grandmother passed on the steps that I will now share with you. 


How To Start A Tea Bag Garden

You will need:

  • Disposable serving tray
  • Seeds of your choice
  • Used Bigelow tea bags-any flavor –minus the staple
  • Unbleached paper towels
  • Watering pitcher
  • Small blade/knife (optional)

Step by step instructions:

  1. Begin with a plate, platter or disposable serving tray (found at any Dollar Store).
  1. Line your tray with unbleached paper towels.  Use unbleached paper towels to avoid chemical leaching.
  1. Prepare your fresh tea bags (prepare normally using boiling water from your kettle) or take your collection of used tea bags and moisten them in water.bigelow tea tea garden
  1. Place your moistened tea bags on your tray.  Be sure to allow space between the bags.
  1. Next, using a small blade/knife or your fingers, make a small slit in the tea bags (large enough to plant your seeds).
  1. Now, take 2-3 seeds and push them into the slit that you made in the tea bag so that the seeds are slightly covered by the tea leaves.  Note that because the tea leaves are moist, some of the contents of the tea bag will get on your fingers but be patient and continue to make sure that the seed is indeed in place.
  1. Take your watering pitcher and pour water onto the paper towels-NOT directly onto the teabags.bigelow tea tea bags garden
  1. Now place your tea bag garden in a sunny area and wait for your seeds to sprout.  Be sure to keep the paper towels moistened and depending on sun exposure, temperature and watering, seeds should begin to sprout in 10-15 days.  Note that some seeds do take longer to germinate so don’t give up!
  1. Once you have a small sprout, take the ENTIRE tea bag and plant it in your garden which can be a raised bed or container.   And no worries about doing this because the tea bag that you used as a planter/seed starter is great compost for your garden.


As an adult and an avid gardener, I now know that this is a great way to begin your garden as there is less shock to your seedling because you don’t have to remove it from the tea bag. 

I am so happy to pass along my grandmother’s garden/tea tip.  Happy tea drinking and good luck with this season’s garden!


Kristy from Shelton, CT
Bigelow Tea Fan

Practicing SustainabiliTEA: Creating Your Own Herbal Tea Garden


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It’s amazing how the simple act of planting a seed and nurturing it as it grows into something wonderfully edible, can fill the soul with such a profound sense of gratification and contentment.  Sustainable living gives new meaning to the expression “you reap what you sow.”  At Bigelow Tea, we’ve been practicing Sustainabili-TEA from day one, by producing only the finest tasting teas, lovingly hand-picked from mountain grown gardens.  So, for the fellow tea lovers who may be wondering how to grow your very own slice of herbal heaven – it’s really quite easy!  The three key elements to a thriving herbal tea garden are sun, soil and water.




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You can visit your local nursery to learn what herbs are best suited to your particular garden zone and sun requirements.  Determine your available outdoor space and have fun designing your herbal retreat.  If the area is large enough, consider adding some decorative features like a gate, trellis or arbor. As a finishing touch, place a bench in the garden and appreciate the beauty while sipping a cup of tea.

If space is an issue, consider creating a special area on your deck, balcony, rooftop or even indoors! Herbs make great container gardens, provided they’re located in a spot that gets 6 to 8 hours of daily sunlight. You can fill the space with colorful plant containers and an indoor herb garden will infuse the house with delightful fragrances.


Charleston Tea Plantation

We love our herbal teas – and the land on which they grow. In 2003, Bigelow Tea purchased the Charleston Tea Plantation, America’s only tea garden, as part of our deep-rooted commitment to the practice of what we proudly call “Sustainabili-TEA.”  So, from our garden to yours – happy harvest!!

Join Cindi Bigelow on a Video Tour of the Charleston Tea Plantation!

A little Southern hospitality goes a long way in South Carolina’s Wadmalaw Island, home of America’s only tea garden, the Charleston Tea Plantation. Cindi Bigelow gives a fun and informative video tour of the idyllic plantation, purchased by the Bigelow family in 2003.

The plantation receives over 30,000 visitors each year, many of whom are curious to see a real, unique tea garden – in all its 127-acre splendor – and perhaps want to plan their weddings/special events on the grounds or to explore the rich history of Charleston or to simply just enjoy a lovely a cup of the plantation’s signature American Classic Tea.

What’s happening at the Charleston Tea Plantation?

Aaron Lawrence knows…

After winning the R.C. Bigelow Incentive Program, territory rep., Aaron Lawrence was treated to a weekend at the Charleston Tea Plantation, which is the largest tea garden in the country.  As you can tell from the photos, Aaron really enjoyed learning all there is to know about making tea.  Aaron even made some new friends.  According to Aaron, “The Charleston Tea Plantation is a great way to learn about tea and tea history.  The staff is incredibly friendly and the site is magnificent.  I would highly recommend making a visit whether you are a tea enthusiast or not!”  There is more information on the Charleston Tea Plantation at

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