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Tips on growing your own tea garden

<em><strong>Master Gardener Ellyn Pelikan shares some advice for aspiring tea gardeners:</strong></em>

<strong>Mints:</strong> Shade to semi-shade, loose moist soil. Mints are rampant growers, so consider growing them in pots.

<strong>Lemon Verbena:</strong> Shrub grows to 5 feet. Likes sun, light, well-drained soil. Makes a nice hot or iced tea.

<strong>Pineapple Sage:</strong> Likes sun or semi-shade and drier soil. It's not fussy and grows to 2 feet tall. Produces red blossoms. Great for iced tea. Add a spear of pineapple and a tall iced tea spoon.

<strong>Rosemary:</strong> Likes sun and loose soil. Requires little water once established. Shrubby and very hardy. Great winter tea with a splash of milk, honey and crushed fennel seeds.

<strong>Tea garden tips</strong>

Try mixing different herbs together. If the scents mingle well, so will the flavors.

A splash of fruit juice turns an herb tea into an herb punch.

<em><strong>Perfect cup of tea</strong></em>

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