Grow Your Own Tea Herb Garden
A tea herb garden is a very forgiving introduction to gardening and it is quite an easy way to get started with growing your own herbs. Unlike other kinds of plants, herbs do not require a lot of constant pruning and tending to soil. In fact, herbs prefer soil that is low in nutrients but has some lime. For those looking to start an herb garden, it is recommended to start by replacing the soil with a mixture of even parts potting soil to sand. Add in a couple tablespoons of lime and you are ready to plant. This will keep you from having to measure nutrient and nitrate levels in the soil you have.
Planting your seeds for a tea herb garden is quite an easy process. Your seeds should not be planted too deep in the soil. The best depth to plant at is about a half inch in the soil. A pretty good measure would be to push the seed into the ground until the nail of your index finger is even to the top of the soil. You can then push soil on top of the seed. Do not pack the soil, as it will make it more difficult for the sprout to push through once the seed is germinated. Following a simple planting design, which keeps your seeds spread out, will help them not to get too crowded.
Some tea plants will do better in pots than in your garden. Plants that are invasive are best planted in pots to prevent them from overtaking the rest of your garden. The most invasive plants of a tea herb garden are mint and lavender. The reason these plants take over a garden is because they are perennials. Many plants will contain themselves by dying out every year. Invasive plants spread out as far as they are allowed to because of their root systems. If planting in a regular garden, you will want to use dividers or walls to contain these herbs.
When creating a plan for your tea herb garden, include herbs that have great flowers. One of the most common of these herbs is chamomile. This is also one of the most recognized of the herbal tea plants. The pretty white flowers spruce up any garden. Not only are they attractive to look at, they have a lovely scent. Smelling of floral apple, these flowers are sure to calm you as you tend to your garden. Other great herbal flowers include lavender, rosemary, violets, and jasmine. Having a variety of these flowers will give your garden a wonderful aroma and appearance.
Water is quite an important issue for a tea herb garden. Over watering is one of the most common problems in this type of garden. In order to avoid over watering, check the moisture of the soil at least once a day. The best way to check your soil is by pressing down on it with a finger. It should feel moist to the touch, but not wet. If it does not feel moist, water the plant. Do not water the soil, as the leaves need to absorb moisture as well. Using a watering can that pours water like rain is a great way to water your plants for maximum effect. Sometimes the soil will feel moist, but the leave will look dry. A great way to solve this problem is to mist them with a spray bottle.