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January 29, 2014

Hot stuff: Grow tea in your garden

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“I strain the tea through a small tea mesh strainer, but any strainer will do,” Renea says.

Liversidge prefers filling empty tea bags with homemade ingredients — “then you’re not tempted to put too much water with it” — and letting them steep about three minutes before enjoying.

For the freshest tea possible, she advises pouring fresh water into your kettle every time. It has more oxygen, which will bring out the tea’s flavor.

Here is a recipe for a Vitamin C “power blend” tea from the forthcoming “Medicinal Gardening Handbook” by Vermont gardeners and neighbors Alyssa Holmes and Dede Cummings:

Vitamin C ‘power blend’ tea

1 part rose hips

1 part hibiscus

2 parts lemon balm

1 part dandelion blossoms

1/2 part rosebuds

Pour into a quart jar, and fill with boiling water. Cover and let steep for at least 15 minutes or up to eight hours. Strain before drinking.

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