Build a Tea Garden next to your kitchen and enjoy a cup at your picking!

Chocolate Mint Herbal Tea
Chocolate Mint Herbal Tea

I am presently creating an “herbal tea” garden this year and next spring, so this post was perfect to write this week. I want to place my herbal tea and culinary herb garden next to our kitchen.

Culinary + Herbal Tea  area developing.....
Culinary + Herbal Tea Garden to be located outside Kitchen this next year….

This next week I have to tear out the rock and plastic that the previous owner put near our front porch.

Sitting near the herbal and culinary garden should be a great place to relax...
Sitting near the herbal and culinary garden should be a great place to relax…

There is an enclosed area right out our front door that has a nice sitting area which was one of the reasons we purchased this old house. When we moved here in 1999, they had this area covered with thick plastic (I mean the former, THICK type, not the breathable one!) that is comparable to EXTRA DUTY garbage bags. YIKES!

Shiso Britton  Perilla Frutescens
Shiso Britton
Perilla Frutescens

When I first started adding plants to this section, I would have to take both my hands and pull up the thick plastic with my entire body! There was no life under this stuff!! NO organic life in the soil at all it was very tan, heavy compacted clay. On top of this lifeless soil was(and is) a thick layer of red lava rocks. I mean THICK where you need to shovel rock for an hour to get to the plastic.

Shiso Britton has a beautiful leaf color underside
Shiso Britton has a beautiful leaf color underside

I started putting plants in random spots as I tore up the plastic. The rocks were so thick that I avoided this area due to being so tired after putting one small plant in this wasteland! Well, now it is time to deal with this area since I need to have a home for my herbs.

Lemon Verbena growing in a pot near the kitchen door, but have to take this p lant in for the winter since it is not able to handle our cold climate
Lemon Verbena growing in a pot

I use to have all my tea plants spread out throughout the Urban Potager, but decided to create this herbal tea + culinary herb garden because late at night I could not find my tea plants to make a cup of tea. I was tired of tripping over the dog, rocks or plants in the dark. It was a safety issue.

Cup of Lemon Thyme Tea
Cup of Lemon Thyme Tea

At night my husband and I like to drink tea while we watch “Inspector Lewis” or ” Wallander” on Netflix or “Elementary” since we are big mystery fans! A  cup of fresh herbal tea goes great with a good detective story!

Chocolate Mint growing at the base of our 70 yr old maple tree...
Chocolate Mint growing at the base of our 70 yr old maple tree…

There are so many herbs that make great teas, I am just keeping the ones that my family enjoys drinking. Over the years, you notice which plants you visit the most.

Lemon Balm Tea
Lemon Balm Tea

When I first started drinking herbal tea on a regular basis, I tried a variety of herbal teas. Unfortunately, I found I was allergic to some teas and had to limit which ones were grown in our Urban Potager.  I hope to add more herbs to this area next year, but it all depends if I can get that AWFUL plastic pulled, and I don’t get tired of the battle with the rocks.