1. AndrewB

    AndrewB Well-Known Member Premium Member GOLD

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    I've been making my own herbal teas from the garden recently, does anyone else do the same?

    What are some of your favorite mixes?

    I have been using mint/basil for years, but have been experimenting lately now that some of my herbs are taking off.

    I enjoyed a rosemary/yarrow blend yesterday.
     
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    I once made coffee out of a root of dandelion.
    Cleaned which took ages, roasted in oven, crushed and grated by hand.
    Took me so long with so much effort, I was so thirsty and hungry by the end I did not have time to enjoy it!

    Just on a completely obtuse note, basil is great in fruit salad in place of mint whenever you don't have any.

    As for actual tea.......... I have used the leaves off a lemon tea tree to make a tea to add interest to an iced fruit punch for a summer lunch.
    Went down a treat.
     
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    I just like normal black tea, don't like herbal teas at all. :)
     
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    When Imhad Ross River Fever my naturopath put me om alfalfa tea. DH said I smelt like a cow. He was off a dairy farm.

    I drink peppermint mostly now , with RA normal tea is acidic not good for the system although now and then gives a boost. Lemon grass is nice also. Green tea is better than black generally. Rosemary and coriander is good for you but work up to it with small amounts first.

    Check google for the benefits of rosemary or sage tea.
     
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    I have some Sage growing, it didn't enjoy winter too much though, so I need to wait for it to recover.

    I don't have any lemongrass at the moment, so will add that to the list.

    I have a lot of Fennel shooting up currently, so have been enjoying the leaves from that.
     
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    Andrew, re your sage plant, I'm sure you already know how it hates moisture, too much cold and not enough sun. But it also hates it's roots drying out too much.

    However it does like moisture if it can drain right through straight away and it doesn't mind a bit of fertilizer. Rather like orchids.

    So I experimented growing a sage in 50/50 coir and perlite using very weak liquid foliar feed fertilizer to spray onto the leaves plus plain water to water it with daily. I sat it in a container that would catch the water going straight through which I then used on other plants such as my potplants since it would contain a small amount of fertilizer.

    I found if I was diligent and watered it daily before the medium dried out it grew like crazy. But if I slacked off and forgot to water it, the roots began drying out, the plant being in full sun, which set it back. Of course I am so busy these days catching up on lost time, I often forget little things, so the sage died!

    But you might have more success.

    Easiest way to make a weak liquid foliar feed fertilizer is to wait til you are doing other plants and take a 100ml or 50ml measured amount out of your made up full strength solution in your can or spray bottle and tip it into another 1lt or 500ml spray bottle. Then fill the new bottle which then becomes your 10% liquid foliar feed fertilizer for your sage. You may be able to use the water repeatedly if you catch it in a saucer but don't let the plant sit in it.
     
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