Perhaps you love drinking herbal tea, but have you ever considered planting your own herbal tea garden? Growing the herbs for your tea yourself can be a wonderful and rewarding experience and can give you fresh, delicious tea.
If you have ever looked at the ingredients in herbal tea you probably have seen ingredients like rosehips, lemongrass, peppermint and other herbs. Most of the herbs used in herbal tea are quite easy to grow and can make for a beautiful herb garden.
You can grow an herbal tea garden indoors or out, depending upon how many different types of herbs you want to plant and how much tea you hope you produce. If you choose to grow it indoors you can plant it in pots that you keep in your kitchen window or in a large tray. Outdoors, an herbal tea garden can attract butterflies and bumble bees to your yard. You also have the benefit of being able to plant am much larger garden outdoors which means that you can grow a wider variety of herbs for your tea.
To get started growing your herbal tea garden outdoors you will need to first clear a spot for planting the herbs. Be sure to turn the soil to help your herbs grow beautifully. Because animals like deer and rabbits are quite fond of many herbs you may want to put up a wall or fence around your herb garden to keep them from getting to it.
Once you have your spot cleared you next need to decide which herbs to grow. You can check out the ingredients of your favorite teas to get some ideas on what types of herbs you may like. Some common choices are lemongrass, bee balm, peppermint, mint, and rosehips, although there are many other types of herbs that you can grow for tea. Get seeds or starter plants and plant them in your garden according to the instructions for the particular plant.
As you are planting use decorative garden stakes to mark name of each herb as you plant it. It can get confusing once everything starts to grow so it is a good idea to label everything so you know just what it is you are harvesting when it comes time to use the herbs.
After you have planted all you have left to do is water your garden and watch it grow. To use the herbs, just harvest what you need, place them in a tea ball, add hot water and allow them to steep. Because fresh leaves have more moisture in them you will need to use a larger volume of them to get the right flavor in your tea than if they were dry. You can also dry your own herbs and use them to make tea dry instead.
Growing your own herbal tea garden can be a terrific way to enjoy homegrown herbal tea and to be a part of the tea making process from start to finish. You can create your own custom tea blends and make things just the way you like them. Always use caution and be sure you have correctly identified the plants that you use in your tea.