If you’re looking for a cheaper way to fight stress, why don’t you try growing your own tea garden? Not only are they cheap, they are also easy to maintain. Of course, the best benefit is that you can get that calm and relaxation naturally provided by a cup of hot tea.
The good thing about growing your own tea garden is that you don’t even need a real garden to pull it off. Because they are of the shrubs variant, you can have them on planters instead. Of course, depending on how big of a tea consumer you are, having a small patch of earth to grow them is still better. What you would have to be conscious about, however, is your location.
If you are keen on growing your tea plants outside, the environmental requirement is for your location to be within the Zone 8 scope. Basically, these are the areas in the mid-west all the way to the southern parts of the United States. The climate here is just perfect for growing tea outdoors. If you are not within Zone 8, that’s still fine, because as mentioned above, you can grow them indoors anyway.
Growing Tea Shrubs
If you start out with seedlings, you’re going to need patience before you can start plucking those leaves right out of the plant. To be specific, some three years worth, because that is the age of maturity for the tea plant.
The most common would be the Camelia sinensis. This shrub produces white flower blossoms, which give off a a light, summery scent. Now isn’t that a welcome treat, considering that they usually blossom in the Fall? From this shrub, you can already produce three different kinds of teas: Green, Oolong, and Black.
Plucking Leaves, Brewing Tea
Regardless of what kind of tea you would like to brew, the most ideal kind of leaves for you to get would be the youngest and newest ones. Throw in the leaf buds into the mix, too, for a fresher taste in your tea. It is the drying process that you would have to be particular about, though. For green tea, you will need to wipe the leaves with a bit of wet towel, and then leave them in the shade to dry. For Oolong, however, you will need to leave them spread out on a towel, under the sun, for some 45 minutes. Once they’ve wilted, then brewing can begin. Meanwhile, Black tea does not need drying, but you will have to crush the leaves in your hands by rolling them until the leaves turn red. After that, you’ll need 2-3 days to store them in a cool, dry place.
Your own doctor will tell you that it’s a good idea for you to grow your own tea. Not only will you ensure that it is as fresh and natural as it can get, you can also literally enjoy the fruits of your labor, giving you a healthier body.
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