Could your houseplants use a feed? Don't let them sit in exhausted soil, give them some free nourishment from a few types of everyday food waste. Pledge to feed your houseplants with food scraps and earn yourself an instant 25 Greenredeem points!
Tip 1: Used coffee grounds
Unlike fresh coffee grounds, which are very acidic, used coffee grounds are fairly neutral and therefore beneficial to a wide range of plants. Rinse them off, then mix them into the pot to aerate the soil, improve drainage and slowly release nutrients as they break down.
Tip 2: Washed egg shells
How does your garden grow? Better with the calcium from a few eggshells spread over the surface of the soil! Carefully wash out your eggshells to preserve as much of the nutritious membrane liner as possible. Crush them in a mortar, whizz in a food processor or gently press them apart with your fingers. Four or five shells per pot plant is ideal.
Tip 3: Used tea leaves
Tear open your used tea bags and mix the innards with some of the soil from your pot. Dispose of the tea bag fabric with your general waste as most of them contain plastic fibres that don't play well in compost heaps.