This kit comes with everything you need to grow your own tea, including Peppermint, Chamomile, Tulsi (Holy Basil), Echinacea, and Thyme seeds, a mini windowsill greenhouse with seed starting peat pellets, plant markers and seed labels, and a tea strainer that hold the dried herbs while you brew the perfect cup of tea. All you need to start this kit is sunshine and water. Gardening is a fun way to connect with nature and watching your herbs grow from seeds is very peaceful. There’s nothing like growing your own special brew of tea. I’ve grown peppermint before, but these other herbs will make a unique blend for a tasty cup tea.
I started growing the tea herbs in the early spring by a sunny windowsill located in Portland Oregon. Some climates are more suited for an all year outdoor growing period, while others have longer winters and a shorter growing season. Check with your local garden center for the best time to plant herbs to avoid a cold frost. Soak the peat pellets in the mini greenhouse tray until they fully expand. Pour off the extra water and fluff the surface of the soil. Add a few seeds into each pellet, and press the dirt over it. Each pellet should only have one variety of seeds planted in it. Some of the seeds are very tiny, so be sure not to flood them with water so they don’t get displaced from the pellet. Place the plastic greenhouse cover on top. Use a green seed label to mark which seeds are in each pellet and stick it on the cover over each one accordingly. There are more detailed instructions in the Tea Herb instruction booklet that is a very helpful guide on how specifically to treat each plant for the best results.
A few of my seedlings started sprouting within a week. Rotate the greenhouse in the window every few days so the pellets get consistent exposure to light. Spray the seedlings with a spray bottle to keep the soil moist. After a few weeks all the seedlings sprouted and started to grow tall very fast. Remove the cover of the greenhouse and let them stretch. Continue to keep the soil moist. Once the threat of winter frost is over outside and the seedlings are a few inches tall, they can be transplanted. I put mine in terracotta pots for a garden on my patio. They can be planted in an outdoor garden bed or any planter pot or container with drainage. Pick a soil that is best for your growing location with proper drainage. I prefer organic potting soil for any plants that I intend on eating. Let the seedlings get use to the outdoor temperatures and light schedule before planting in their final growing spot. This process is called hardening off, so they can become more hardy and strong for the outdoor climate.
Each herb has a particular way to be harvested. Chamomile flowers are used to make a calming tea. Pluck the flowers off the plants when they are mature and the petals are fully opened. Place the flowers on a paper towel or drying rack, away from direct sunlight in an airy place with good air circulation.
Echinacea’s petals, leaves and roots are to be harvested. It is a really beautiful purple cone flower that will help boost your immune system and has antioxidant properties. Pick the leaves fresh and use it in steeped tea. Echinacea plant will die back in the winter and grow back from the root. The older the echinacea plant the greater the medicinal properties will be. So plant it somewhere it can grow year after year.
Peppermint leaves are super aromatic and smell minty and refreshing. Cut sprigs off the plant or pinch off leaves. Early mornings are the best time to pick your plants because the sun hasn’t had time to draw out the essential oils. Make sure leaves aren’t wet when you pick them to avoid mildew forming while you dry them out.
Thyme is an excellent culinary herb that adds excellent flavor to tea as well as helpful medicinal properties. When your plants have grown to be big, beautiful and aromatic, it’s time to harvest. Cut sprigs and hang them in bundles upside down to dry.
Tulsi is also known as Holy Basil, it has a different flavor than Italian Basil and Thai Basil. The plant grows quickly and you can pick the leaves weekly. Harvest the leaves and let them dry on a drying rack with a good air flow. This plant doesn’t grow in cold weather so it must be replanted every year after winter.
Once you have a nice selection of dried herbs and loose leaf tea place them in the Grow and Make Tea Strainer. Place the strainer over a tea cup or in a kettle with hot water. The tea will infuse together. Seep it as long as you want for a stronger brewed tea. The tea strainer has a fine mesh that filters the herbs from the tea. I like my tea with lemon and honey. It’s a very soothing process to watch your seeds sprout and then be able to brew your own special blend with your bountiful harvest.
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