No matter how large or how small your herbal tea garden will be, it's a good idea to have a general game plan before you start buying plants and seeds and sticking them in the dirt.
Otherwise, you might end up with a "surprise" like this ...
Planning your tea garden isn't complicated at all. It's fun, it's easy, and it's a wonderful way to while away a chilly day, waiting for spring to arrive!
Ready to begin? Excellent! Grab your note pad, a pencil, a tape measure, and let's get to it!!
The first thing you'll need to figure out is where you'll plant your herbs.
So head outdoors, and look around. Get to know your yard, patio, deck and other spaces from a plant's point of view.
Your herbs want a home that's:
What if you have little or no in-ground planting space?
Not a problem! All Top 10 Tea Herbs will grow beautifully in pots and planters on your patio, balcony or deck ...
Or in a window box ...
Believe it or not, you can even grow your herbs in places you might think of as "un-plantable". Just grow 'em in a bale of straw.
Seriously ... in a straw bale! It works like a charm! And planting in a bale of straw is a whole lot easier (and cheaper) than building a raised-bed garden!!
Don't let limited space hold you back! If you think creatively, I'm sure you'll find the perfect place to grow your tea herbs!!
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Yes, I said "draw". But please ... don't let any lack of artistic talent hold you back. You're not re-creating the Mona Lisa here. You'll simply make a very rough sketch showing the "basics":
To give you an idea of what your site diagram could look like, this is mine from a few years ago.
As you can see, it's nothing fancy. It's not even drawn to scale. I just quickly sketched out the bare-bones basics. ;-)
Love a soothing cup of chamomile tea at bedtime? Does a frosty pitcher of mint-y tea get you through the dog days of summer? Put chamomile and mint on your list of herbs to grow!
But why stop there? Choose a few new flavors to experiment with. Try anise hyssop for a delicate, licorice-flavored tea, or lemon verbena for a heady lemon-scented cuppa.
And don't forget the stevia! It's a great homegrown choice for a no-calorie beverage sweetener!!
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Once you've decided what you'd like to plant and where they'll grow best in your space, then you can "flesh out" your garden layout plan.
Go back to your site sketch (you did make a site sketch, didn't you?!), and note:
Voila! That's it!!
If growing season is already here and you haven't created a detailed garden plan ... that's okay. Many of us (yours truly, included!) started growing tea by what I fondly call the "wing it" method. And you know what? It worked out just fine.
So go ahead. Buy a few starter plants, and go for it!
With a bit of loving care, your herbs will reward you with yummy, homegrown herbal tea ... despite your lack of planning!
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