When considering any herb garden plan, think of this … nothing is more refreshing on a hot summer day than a glass of iced tea (unless it’s a dunk under the hose!) And it goes without saying that you will want to make your herb garden organic to avoid all the vile chemicals that are polluting our environment and bodies these days.
A “tea” garden can provide you with a steady supply of your favorite herbs; tea gardens are fun and practical, and they are surprisingly easy to grow.
Most tea herbs are quite happy in moderate sun, so pick a spot which receives about 6 hours of full sun every day. If you grow your tea herbs directly in the ground as opposed to having them in a raised bed or in an herb window-box, make note of the fact that many of these herbs spread voraciously, choking out other plants nearby. You can prevent this by sinking bottomless buckets or baskets into the ground and plant the herb inside within the borders to help control the roots. Of course, if you choose to garden inside or in containers, overgrowth won’t be a problem at all.
Mint is the most famous and popular herb tea. There are 6,000+ kinds with more coming every day since these hardy plants cross pollinate. Some of the favored tea varieties are:
1. Chocolate mint is far better with dessert than as a tea. Crush the leaves and whirl in a blender with vanilla ice cream for an unforgettable organic treat straight from your herb garden.
2. Spearmint is the mint of mint juleps. Spearmint grows readily in any climate.
3. Peppermint is the most popular of all the mints, with its sharp, spicy, cooling tastes.
4. Apple mint offers a hint of fruity flavor underlying the cool, fresh taste of mint.
When making your herb garden plan, simply consider what you and your family would like to eat, and if it’s not too picky a plant (or even if it is) go for it. Healthy living will be your reward.