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? Grab some paper, a pencil, a tape measure, and let's get to it!!
Go outside. 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 limited in-ground planting space? Or none at all?
Not a problem! Most tea herbs will grow beautifully in containers on your patio, deck, or doorstep ...
Or in a window box ...
Believe it or not, you can even grow your tea herbs on your driveway, sidewalk, or another "un-plantable" spot. Just grow 'em in a bale of straw.
Seriously ... in a straw bale! It works like a charm!!
If your space is limited, think creatively. You'll discover plenty of good places to grow your tea herbs, I'm sure!
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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 8 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. ;-)
For first-timers, I usually suggest starting with familiar flavors. Do you love chamomile tea at bedtime? Or spearmint tea for an afternoon pick-me-up? Grow what you already know and love!
Then choose one to two new flavors to experiment with. (Hint: Stevia herb is a great 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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