How to Grow Your Own Tea Garden will show you how easy it is to have the ingredients for your favorite teas just outside your door. Who knew it would be so easy?
Not only will growing your herbal and floral teas save you money, but most of the plants will make your yard even more beautiful.
We all know that chamomile tea helps us sleep at night, but did you also know it helps relieve stress? It boosts immunity, eases cold symptoms, and soothes stomach aches. The flowers are gorgeous, so they add loveliness to any garden.
Chamomile is a perennial and can be grown from an established plant or by seed. It is an easy herb to grow and can be grown in part shade or full sun, preferring cool conditions. It likes dry soil and doesn’t require much care. USDA Plant Hardiness zones 3-9.
Who doesn’t love mint tea? There are so many different flavors of mint; the problem will be deciding what kind to plant. Peppermint, spearmint, apple mint, chocolate peppermint, or even Moroccan mint are just a few of the types of plants to pick from.
Don’t forget to keep mint contained, once planted it tends to take over the garden. I like to keep my mint in large ceramic pots. Mint is a perennial and is relatively easy to grow.
They do well in both shade and sun, with soil that has good drainage. Minimal care is needed to grow this amazing herb. USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 3-11 depending on what type of mint you grow.
The taste and aroma of rose tea are heavenly. Rose leaves, buds, petals, and rose hips can all be used in making tea.
Most roses are edible, but there are some that are better suited for use in food and drink. You obviously wouldn’t want to add pesticides to your roses, so make sure you only use organic gardening methods.
When choosing which roses to grow, pick ones that have a pleasing scent. Old-fashioned fragrant heirloom roses work well. Yellow and pink roses usually have the most flavor and fragrance. Make sure you cut off the white part of the petal before using, it can cause a bitter taste.
Most roses need at least six hours of sun every day, so picking the right spot to plant them is important. Make sure they’re in well-draining soil and add 2-3 inches of organic mulch around the plants. Check regularly for disease or insects and prune regularly.
Elderberry trees produce both edible flowers and delicious fruits. The berries contain more vitamin C than oranges and are used to help boost the immune system.
Native to North America, elderberry trees can be found growing wild. The American Elderberry can grow up to 12 feet tall and wide. The plants start producing berries when they are two to three years old.
They love moist, well-drained soil and plenty of sunshine.
If you can’t use all the elderberries produced by your tree, don’t worry they’re a favorite food of birds so they will never go to waste.
Always make sure you cook elderberries, uncooked elderberries can cause a toxic build-up of cyanide if you eat too many.
Sometimes what one considers a weed, another person looks at it much differently. Milk thistle is a herb that has anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties. It’s also filled with antioxidants.
Please note that milk thistle can be quite invasive, so make sure you plant it in a contained environment like pots. It likes sunny or lightly shaded areas.
Make sure its okay to grow milk thistle in your state. In some states, it’s considered a noxious weed and it is illegal to buy or sell plants.
I love anything lavender. Lavender tea is simply divine. It also reduces anxiety and stress and helps with insomnia.
The plants need at least six hours a day and like a well-drained soil or raised beds. Don’t over water and make sure they have good air flow around the plants.
Aiding with both insomnia and anxiety, lemon balm is a tea that will make you happy camper.
Part of the mint family, lemon balm looks like mint but smells like lemons.
Plant lemon balm in well-drained soil where it will have some shade in the day. It can be invasive, so make sure to remove the flowers as soon as they appear to control growth. (Most mint expand by their roots, lemon balm spreads throughout the garden with their seeds.)
It does best in full-sun, but also grows in part shade. It’s an easy herb to grow.
Ginger tea is so good for you. It helps reduce inflammation, improves blood circulation, relieves nausea and helps relieve stress.
Growing ginger root sounds like it would be hard, but with a couple of tips, its pretty easy. It loves filtered sunlight, a rich moist soil, warm weather, and humidity.
Raspberry leaf tea boosts the immune system, increases metabolism, helps regulate hormones, helps ease the symptoms of colds and flu and helps with inflammation. This tea is simply made from the leaves of raspberries by drying and crushing the leaves.
Make sure you pick the right plant type for your region. Raspberries love a good trellising system, love a good deep rich soil that drains well and has a PH soil of 6.0.
1) Make sure you harvest your herbs before they flower. If you wait too long, they may turn bitter or lose their flavor.
2) Cut herbs mid-morning. You want to make sure the morning dew has dried from the leaves.
3) The best way to dry herbs is to air dry them. By using this slow method, you keep the oils in-tact. Tie small bunches of herbs upside down for a week or two, depending on your drying conditions. Drying is complete when the stems break easily, and the leaves crumble when crushed. Store herbs in airtight containers and label them. Keep them away from the sun and store them in a dry area. They usually keep for a year. You can also use a dehydrator to dry your herbs.
If you’re a tea enthusiast and a homesteader or gardener interested in growing your tea, Homegrown Tea: An Illustrated Guide to Planting, Harvesting and Blending Teas and Tisanes by Cassie Liversidge. It has beautiful illustrations for each type of tea, along with instructions on how to harvest, dry and make each one featured.
Thank you. A very important article for tea lovers.