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:
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.
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.
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!
Hi Anh, Thanks for your comment on our blog! We don’t really have an exact science to our SCOBY distribution. We typically evenly distribute our extra SCOBYs in the garden. Though for plants that are typically acid loving, like our hydrangeas, we will double up on the SCOBYs. If you are doing an experiment, we’d love to see the results and we could even feature you on the blog! Good luck and let us know if you have any other questions!