Grow a Tea Garden

Make Your Own Herbal Tea

Nothing is as delightful as clipping fresh herbs from your garden and brewing a fresh pot of tea. Fresh, relaxing and refreshing ingredients gives tea drinking a whole different experience. The flavor will be different from dried store bought teas, plus it is a money saver if you grow your own.

You will only need to purchase a few items to help make the experience easier. Start with finding a sturdy pair of kitchen shears. These are a set you want to keep clean and in the kitchen. Another helpful item is a colander or mesh basket. You can harvest your herbs and  take them straight to the sink to be rinsed. The last two item that are helpful are a sturdy tea jar and a small fine mesh bag that you can place your herbs in for steeping.

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Choosing Tea Herbs to Grow

As you are putting in your garden consider planting some of your favorites, as well as try some more exotic herbs to try. Here is a great list to start with: Peppermint, Spearmint, Lemon Balm, Chamomile and Rose-Hips. Some additional herbs to try are the variety of mints: Orange Mint, Chocolate Mint and Pineapple Mint.

Brewing a Perfect Cup of Herbal Sun-Tea

The first step is to properly wash your herbs. Fill a large pot and add a cap-full of lemon juice and a tsp of baking soda. Swirl the herbs around and then rinse well. It is best to use the herbs as soon as possible for the best flavor. Place the herbs in the mesh bag or you can tie them in a bundle and place in your tea jar. Run your tap water as hot as you can get it and fill the jar. You can use bottled water if you like. Place the jar in the sun and allow to steep. The longer it steeps, the stronger the flavor. Remove the herbs when you are ready and place in the fridge.

Now sit back and enjoy…what a treat to know that you grew something so wholesome and tasty!

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