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plant a tea garden

by FigTree

there is a serious revolution in the world of teas going on and I am joining! I am going to plant my own tea in my kitchen garden this year and brew fresh teas!

I know that I have a serious addiction to coffee and that has been the case for quite some time now, but I am turning the tide!  This Chirtsmas I pretty much scored big time when my sister gave me a beautiful square navy blue tea pot. She wasn't supposed to give me a present but she said she knew I had to have it- the color (my favorite) and the cool shape just looked like it belonged to me.  It uses loose leaf teas to brew and the taste is so pure and simple.  It is going to be hard to go back to bags anytime soon.  Yes, I am now a tea snob.

 

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So here is the idea- plant a garden just for brewing teas!  Here's how to do it.

 

1. Plant in a sunny spot. Herbs require a sunny location and should receive at least 6 hours of sun a day


2. Locate your tea herb garden in a well-protected area so that drying winds don't wilt newly planted seedlings.


3. Space herb plants appropriate to their growth habits so that they'll have plenty of space to spread out.


4. Mulch around the base of the herb plants to discourage weeds and to help retain soil moisture.


5. For troublesome spreaders such as mint, cut the bottom of the pot out and sink the pot with plant in it, into the ground.

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PLANT THESE HERBS!

 

Mint (Mentha species) is often considered a tea accessory (especially in iced tea), but mint tea is a wonderfully refreshing drink, too. You can experiment with your favorite mint types--try peppermint (M. piperita), spearmint (M. spicata), orange mint (M. aquatica citrata), pineapple mint (M. suaveolens), and a lot of other fun flavors. You use the fresh leaves or dried to make tea. Just steep in boiling water. Add a sprinkle of sugar or honey to sweeten.

Bergamot (Monarda didyma) infuses the sweet, citrus taste that is the distinguishing flavor of Earl Grey tea. Add both the leaves and the flowers of this plant to black tea to make your own version of this traditional English tea.

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is one of the most beloved scents and flavors. It has a slighty sweet taste and infuses tea with a flowery flavor. Steep the flowers in boiling water.

Anise hyssop (Agastache foeniculum) makes a tea that tastes like a licorice drop. This anise-flavored plant bears fragrant and tasty leaves. Clip a few off and use about 2 teaspoons in a cup of boiling water.

Lemon verbena (Aloysia triphylla) is the perfect tea for lemon lovers. Clip and cut about 2 tablespoons of the fresh leaves and add to a cup of boiling water. Allow to steep for about 5 minutes.

Tags

tea, Herbs, gardening with herbs, Mint, lavender

comments

I just love this Tea Garden idea. Thank u for the info & your pics are lovely. I am excited to try out some of these herbs.
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Hibiscusgirl commented on 01/28/10
This is truly a lovely contribution. I am also working on reducing my coffee intake. Jasmine, Early Grey, and mint teas are most certainly my favorites. While I haven't had success with growing herbs in our garden, you've definitely inspired me to consider trying to grow them again, especially with the tips that you've provided. On a side note, if you like lemon/citrus tea....I use the zest of my citrus fruits to create a tea and -wow--they give a punch of citrus heaven flavor. Thank you so much for this article and best wishes for a great herb growing season combined with many ours of enjoyment with your new tea pot.
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LilyLover commented on 01/26/10
thanks LL- so happy with my new pot... it's kind of weird when something so simple gives you such great joy! thanks for the citrus zest idea- bet that's really good ;)
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FigTree replied: on 01/27/10
I love this idea - Lemon Verbena is my favorite herb. I am curious about growing Bergamot - sounds neat!
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gardengirl commented on 01/21/10
thanks! i am into this idea a lot and someone just told me they grew echinacea, dried it and made tea from that also. sounds really fun....
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FigTree replied: on 01/22/10
Oops, just deleted the comments about lemongrass. I'll look at the DtD post you suggested.
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BookWorm replied: on 01/25/10

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