Thursday, February 12, 2015

Harvesting Lemon Balm for Herbal Tea

I grow a tea garden in my backyard because there is nothing better than a cup of soothing herbal tea in the afternoon after a rigorous day of working in the garden. Many of the teas that I grow fall under medicinal as they will cure many ailments. Lemon Balm is my go to herbal tea for a natural anxiety relief and it also helps me to sleep. If you like the taste of lemon then grow and harvest lemon balm for herbal tea.
Brew herbal tea from harvested leaves from garden

When it comes to harvesting lemon balm for herbal tea I think it is best to harvest the leaves early in the morning, after the dew has elaborated. Choose young leaves as they are more potent and have the best flavor.

Today I am made  herbal tea by putting a half teaspoon of dried lemon balm leaves into an infuser. (I had harvested these leaves last fall and air dried them on a screen)  The dried lemon balm leaves  in the infuser was then set into the teapot.  I adding the hot water and let the herbs steep for ten minutes.
I use a stainless steel infuser that I bought at rather than a tea-ball.  to view this infuser open this page and scroll down to the bottom.  It is an inexpensive infuser, I think I paid $8. but it is high quality and you can brew your herbal tea in your cup or in the teapot  You can add fresh herb leaves or dried leaves to the infuser.  

Learn more about growing an herbal tea garden by viewing this video.

Growing Medicinal Herbs in Sun Garden

Normally I grow lavender, aloe Vera and German chamomile, rosemary lemon balm and peppermint in my medicinal herb gardens but this year I intend on growing lemon balm, witch hazel and St. Johns wort, thus creating a medicinal herb garden that will ease my aches, pain, heal cuts and help me to get to sleep.
Pretty yellow flower of the St Johns Wort herb plant

The lavender, chamomile, lemon balm are good for relieving stress and are a natural sleep remedy. The Aloe Vera is good for stomach upset and constipation when taken internally however this herb is also good for your skin, a natural remedy for burns and when used as a moisturizer will reduce the signs of aging. Witch hazel makes an excellent compress for bruises and St. Johns wort is an anti-inflammatory and is good when used as a compress for small cuts or wounds. It can also be used to treat stomach upset and mild depression.
Rosemary in garden

I grow these medicinal herbs in gardens outdoors, the Aloe Vera is grown in my kitchen in a container. My gardens are raised beds with organic soil. The area is sunny with partial shade in the afternoon because my summers are too darn hot.
When it comes to growing a medicinal herb garden I care for my plants by watering in the early morning. And when it is really hot I will mist the herb garden in the late afternoon to prevent the flowers and leaves from wilting.
In the past I have been successful in growing a variety of herbs in the garden and I am looking forward to growing the new herbs; witch hazel, St, Johns Wort this year.
View this youtube video to learn about other medicinal herbs that you can grow in your garden.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Tractor Supply Co Organic Seed - Greenhouse Review

A friend told me that I should check out the garden products and organic vegetable seed at tractor supply Co.  I was told that they had a variety of organic vegetable, herb and flowers seeds for the garden and that I needed to also check out a portable greenhouses for patio or deck.

 I shopped online at and found that they had a good assortment of lawn and garden products including  a five foot greenhouses with shelves that would be perfect for starting my organic vegetables.   I was interested in viewing a small 5 foot greenhouse with shelves for my deck and saw that it was on sale but only available in the stores. 
Organic vegetable seed bought from Tractor Supply Co

I drove across town to the Tractor Supply Co I found the greenhouse and a variety of organic vegetable seeds.  I was able to buy Seeds of Change 100% certified organic vegetables. I am really happy that I found these USDA organic seeds because they are the only seeds that I will grow in my gardens.

If you are looking for organic vegetable seeds then I would recommend that you go to the Tractor Supply Co store and check out their products. I found that they were priced fair and liked that the seed packages are sealed and dated. You get first quality organic seeds in safety packages.