Nothing warms up the body on a winter’s day quite like a cup of hot tea. Thankfully, we don’t need to run to the store for this treat. Instead, we can cultivate the perfect kettle of tea from our very own backyard. Check out these tips on how to grow a tea garden.
There are two different ways you can grow a tea garden.
Option 1: Put it in a Box
With the first method, choose a large container or a part of your existing herb garden where you want to begin growing your tea garden. Once you have that place picked out, prepare the soil or pot. Do this how you normally would plant herbs and flowers. Next, select what kind of herbs you want to grow. Since there are quite a bunch of herbs and flowers that work well for making teas, your personal choice comes into play. Make your decision on whatever flavors you like the most and which ones will grow best for you in your environment. Some popular herbs for making tea include peppermint, lavender, chamomile, and jasmine. Lastly, follow the growing instructions for each plant. It’s important to keep the garden weed-free and nourished using compost tea.
Option 2: Pick it Out
The second way to grow a tea garden is by picking the leaves or flowers yourself. We find the ideal time of day to do this is just after the dew has dried, but before the heat of the sun comes out. That’s because when that happens, it draws out the oils of the plant. Once you’ve picked which leaves you’re going to use, it’s time to prepare them. It’s crucial that the leaves are bruised since that releases their essential oils. You can do this by rubbing them together. Then, you’re ready to make the tea. Start by adding the herbs to a teapot or directly into a mug or cup. For every cup of tea, add roughly 2 to 3 teaspoons of fresh leaves and/or flowers. Give the tea 5 minutes to steep, so that all the flavors are released and you’re receiving the full benefits of the herb’s or flower’s qualities.
Next time, don’t rush to the grocery store for your tea needs, use your own backyard.