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Anyone Make Tea From Their Garden ?

Discussion in 'The Harvest: Recipes, Canning, Preserving' started by Nyboy, Jul 29, 2018.

  1. Jul 29, 2018
    Nyboy

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    I just picked up a fabulous china tea set. I know I am spouse to be on a budget but it was dirt cheap. It is ether Roman or Greek themed. Half naked men and women in togas, chariots and griffins . makes me want to make tea :lol::lol::lol: with fancy little sandwiches. I know many garden herbs can be used to make tea does anyone ? What are some simple garden teas ? Maybe a tea party in the garden is in future. Seems safe enough even for me no setting kitchen on fire or food poisoning
     
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    MatthewsHomestead

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    Chamomile, dandelion and mint are all I know. Just getting into it myself so I'll be following along!
     
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    Nyboy

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    With all the different flavors of mint that olone i guess could keep you in tea.
     
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    SPedigrees

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    My favorite herbal tea is a combination of chamomile and mint. For awhile we had a lot of chamomile growing wild on our hillside, and we always have mint growing next to our brook, so I used to pick and dry both for tea. Now that woods have grown up and shaded the hillside where chamomile used to grow, I buy an organic version of the herbal tea I used to put up myself.
     
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    Nyboy

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    That must hurt buying what you had for free. Why not plant some chamomile,you can get a variety known to make good tea
     
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    digitS'

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    I enjoy chamomile and spearmint "sleepytime tea" - Celestial Seasoning.

    Dried catnip is tasty. Fresh catnip, nope.

    Lemon verbena just by itself is good. With anise hyssop , it's excellent! My lemon verbena plant is getting olde!

    I have one anise hyssop plant this year. I just hope it makes seed, altho they aren't hard to find for sale. The tractor guy was much too thorough and evidently wiped out my volunteers!

    Steve
     
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    baymule

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    I dig up small sassafras trees and make tea from the roots. For awhile I had a spearmint plant, but it died. It made good tea. I want to plant a herb garden....
     
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    digitS'

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    German chamomile is an annual.

    I tried growing it, one time. Maybe, there was too much shade. It's the flowers that you want and they are tiny!

    Unfortunately, the number of flowers I had off the plants was tiny, also.

    Steve
     
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    SPedigrees

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    "That must hurt buying what you had for free."

    Not really. The way I look at it, if I'm not growing it myself, then I can support someone else's endeavors by buying it from them. The tea I buy is an organic version of Celestial Seasons "sleepytime tea" and I like to support organic growers, so it is a win/win for me, and the tea is wonderful! I look at the chamomile that once grew as a gift from Mother Nature that we collected and savored. Now we have a lovely forest to walk in where the chamomile once bloomed.

    DigitS, yes chamomile does love sunshine! Here's the one photo I took of ours back in the day (the bees loved it too):
     

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    Nyboy

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    Nice way to look at it .
     
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