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Post by Sparhawk on 9th January 2010, 9:21 pm

The past couple of months magazines have been getting ready for this years growing season & nearly all are recommending planting various seeds in pots & covering with a thin layer of vermiculite, having thought about this in a particularly dull moment while having to have a 'work break' (occupational hazzard I suppose!!!)

I wondered whether tea leaves from used tea bags would be a good alternative...

Having just looked at a couple of bits on the www. I think they would have nearly the same properties plus being a darker colour would absorb a bit more warmth.

A downside may be that tea leaves would draw more water & become a bit of a mass...

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Post by Adrian on 9th January 2010, 9:34 pm

I think that you would run a very high risk of damping off seedlings if you use tealeaves

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Post by Sparhawk on 9th January 2010, 9:38 pm

Thanks Badger...

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Post by Compostwoman on 9th January 2010, 11:25 pm

Badger is correct, I have tried this as an experiment for exactly that reason and most died....

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Post by Sparhawk on 9th January 2010, 11:30 pm

Well all that was wasted was a particularly dull "work break" then... lol! beer

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