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3 Ways to use Kombucha in Your Garden

SCOBYs can be added to potting soil before planting flowers.

The health benefits of kombucha can be enjoyed by more than just you and your family. Plants greatly benefit as well! Turns out this world is filled with many nutrient loving species, and your indoor and outdoor plants can benefit from the nutrition and pH of SCOBYs and kombucha. If you need to take a break from brewing kombucha, the tea will be too vinegary for you to drink, but your plants will love it.  As you prepare your garden this spring, here are 3 ways to use your extra SCOBYs to boost your garden:

How to use kombucha SCOBYs in your garden. Prep the soil. Regardless of whether you’re planting in the ground or in a pot, give the soil a major nutrient boost by adding a few pieces of SCOBY to the soil. Just cut up your older SCOBYs with kitchen scissors or a knife and add the chunks right into the soil before planting. You will want to put the SCOBYs at the bottom of your hole or pot. Animals could be drawn to the SCOBYs if they are not buried. Nutrient rich soil will lead to better plant growth and health. 

Beautiful flowers that grow from adding SCOBYs into your soil. Bless your blooms. Acidic pH loving plants like Daffodils, Marigolds, Roses, Camellias, Rhododendrons, Azaleas and Blue Hydrangea LOVE SCOBYs. It will help them absorb nutrients in the soil. To give these plants some extra love (and produce incredible blooms) follow this quick tip!  Puree a SCOBY in a food processor. Dig small a holes about an inch deep, 3 inches from the base of the plant. Add about ¼ cup of the SCOBY pure into the hole and cover with dirt.

Chopped up SCOBYs to add to your compost. Spruce up that compost. Why not take your recycling and reusing efforts to the next level and use those extra SCOBYs in your compost. You can also add your brewed tea leaves to your compost. Both of these things will help speed up the decomposition process and boost the nutritional value of your compost. Plus you get to not only reduce greenhouse emissions, you will also be reducing your home brew waste. 

Watch your garden erupt into new life and enjoy seeing just how good booch is for you and the planet!

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  • The YEABUCHA Sisters on

    If you’ve got some extra kombucha that is too acidic to drink, there are lots of ways to use it! You can make Kombucha Vinegars or Shrubs, Make a facial toner or even create a SCOBY Hotel! Hope these suggestions help :)
    If you’ve got some extra kombucha that is too acidic to drink, there are lots of ways to use it! You can make Kombucha Vinegars or Shrubs, Make a facial toner or even create a SCOBY Hotel! Hope these suggestions help :)

  • Anna Vetchinkina on

    Hi, where and how can I use the overly acidic booch that I won’t use for brewing? Thank you

  • Deb Bauer on

    We love drinking Kombucha, and brewing our own. We drink it twice a day, as well as our dogs. They have it on their food every morning and evening. We brew about 5 gallons every two weeks. We are excited to try our extra scoby in the garden. Just doing some research on how to use it on new seedlings. Also going to try the topical face mask.

  • The YEABUCHA Sisters on

    Hi Susie – We suggest using your extra SCOBYs whenever you are in the garden! They can be added to your compost, outdoor plants or indoor plants all year round. Of course, depending on how much outdoor gardening you are doing in the winter. SCOBYs will always prove to be beneficial for the soil as they break down and release nutrients!

  • Susie on

    This looks like a great post. My Scoby seems to grow quickly in my house. Even though the indoors is on the cooler side. We love kombucha, but through the winter months we don’t drink as much to keep up to the batches. So, I have two gallon jars on the go. One is kept in a kitchen cupboard ready to make another batch. In that jar is just over2 cups* sweetened tea & a scoby on top. *Tea may evaporate until ready to brew up. When I’m ready for a batch I make up the recipe of 14 cups water, 8 tea bags, 1 cup sugar. Save a few cups for the next batch, etc.
    The second gallon jar is kept in my quite cold garage on a shelf. In that jar is scoby chopped up from previous growth from the other jar. I keep enough tea covering it. Through the last month or so, a scoby layer did form. (Remember its cooold in there). So, with that jar, I plan to add to my compost. I am wondering what the best time of year/temperature would be. Should I wait for ‘after frost date’?
    I am also going to blend some up to add to potted plants.
    I’m excited for Spring with my Scobies 🤗

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