Harvesting an Herbal Tea

Harvesting an Herbal Tea 560 315 Eco Garden Systems

The first day of fall has passed and temperatures are cool enough to break out the blankets, stoke the fire, and sip on some delicious warm drinks. Nothing is better this time of year than the standby favorites of coffee, hot chocolate and tea. Tea is not as popular as perhaps coffee or hot chocolate, but I think of it in particular because my garden is full of herbs that can be harvested for a nice flavorful tea. With the gardens winding down for the season there is still time to maintain the herbs in your garden to dry for future use. There are many herbs that can be used for tea. Some of my favorites are lavender, mint, rosemary and lemon balm, all of which I have grown in the Eco Garden System. I have even used them on the stove steeping in water to add a fantastic fragrance to my home. Herbs have so many uses! They can be used in all kinds of recipes from desserts to drinks. They add so much beauty and aroma to the garden as well as the home. The fresh aroma of just picked herbs is amazing as well as the beauty of the herbs in a bouquet on your counter. Not only is flavor and aroma part of an herb but they are also known to have medicinal properties that can help with many ailments. I had two such herbs that I set out to harvest for an October tea. Lemon Balm This was the first year I had grown lemon balm and it was one of the most fragrant herbs I have grown. I thought basil was wonderful because it smelled like an Italian kitchen but lemon balm was like a lemon meringue pie explosion. The lemon oil even looked…

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