Using tea leaves for planting

 Apr 25, 2010 |  Written by Anupa Mueller

Our Tea Room is in historic Tarrytown, a Hudson River town and part of a nice, thriving restaurant corner.  Some of us have outdoor sidewalk cafes in the summer, April - November.  Right next to us is Lefteris Gyro, the very popular Greek restaurant.  Bobby, the manager, is a great friend and neighbor and helps us with all manner of things - yesterday he put up our new green and white outdoor umbrellas.  He's also been busy at work getting ready for his vegetable and flower planting and has been collecting our daily used tea leaves and mixing them into his potting soil.  This year we're working with a local flower shop and having them bring in flowers for our planters.  Bobby likes a large variety and intersperses his flowers - pansies, petunias, gardenias - with basil, oregano, even pepper plants.  I like begonias and marigolds with a few salvia-type plants thrown in for contrast.  They're hardy, last through the season and look great.  We have rain for the next few days so this must wait.  My aim is to get our planters done by Mother's Day when we expect a crowd.

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