Nationally recognized gardening expert Melinda Myers helps everyday gardeners find success and ease in the garden through her Melinda’s Garden Moment television segments. Melinda shares tips that hold the key to gardening success, learned through her more than 30 years of horticulture experience.
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Grow Your Own Herbs for Tea
Relax away the stress of the day with a cup of tea brewed from freshly picked herbs you grew in your garden or containers.
We’re using several colorful pots with drainage holes of course to create this tea garden.
The attractive and fragrant pineapple sage (Salvia elegans) is the focal point of the largest pot with sweet marjoram (Origanum majorana) cascading over the edge. I tucked in some stevia (Stevia rebaudiana). This natural sweetener is a perfect partner for hot or cold tea and other beverages.
I’ve teamed up bee balm (Monarda) used in Oswego tea with mint. Peppermint (Mentha x piperita) is great for fighting inflammation, helping with digestion and much more. But the vigorous mints are bullies, crowding out nearby timid plants and quickly taking over a garden bed, so they need to be contained.
Give lavender a pet or take a sip of lavender (Lavandula) tea to help you relax. Enjoy the fresh flavor and fragrance of its partner lemon thyme (Thymus x citriodorus).
A bit more information: Avoid overfertilizing your herbs. Too much fertilizer can result in poor flavor. Remember you can always add more later if needed; but you can’t remove the fertilizer once it’s absorbed by the plants.
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About Melinda Myers
Gardening expert, TV/radio host, author & columnist Melinda Myers has more than 30 years of horticulture experience and is a columnist and contributing editor for Birds & Blooms magazine. She has written over 20 gardening books, including Can’t Miss Small Space Gardening and the Midwest Gardener’s Handbook. She hosts the nationally syndicated Melinda’s Garden Moment segments which air on over 135 TV and radio stations throughout the U.S. Myers is also the host of the recently released The Great Courses “How to Grow Anything” DVD series. Melinda writes a regular column for Wisconsin Gardening and Chicagoland Gardening magazines. She also writes the twice monthly “Gardeners’ Questions” newspaper column. Melinda hosted “The Plant Doctor” radio program for over 20 years as well as seven seasons of Great Lakes Gardener on PBS. Melinda has a master’s degree in horticulture, is a certified arborist and was a horticulture instructor with tenure. She’s the recipient of the American Horticultural Society’s B.Y. Morrison Communication Award and was inducted into the Hall of Fame of GWA: The Association for Garden Communicators. Myers’ website, www.MelindaMyers.com, features gardening videos, podcasts, monthly gardening checklists and more.