Thank you to everyone who came along to our workshop this week! If you missed it fret not because here are the recipes that we discussed this week. Aside from tea recipes we also discussed the benefits of a couple of plants and how to grow them! Hopefully these plants spruce up your life making it tea-tastic!
Sage is a culinary & medicinal herb that has a very distinct flavour and smell. It is a member of the mint family and is the largest genus (Salvia) having nearly 1000 species! This makes it very easy to find a Salvia plant no matter the season. Common sage is known as Salvia officinalis. Its consumption helps with digestion, colds, sweats and infections.
Sage is a perennial, evergreen herb and it likes the sun. It needs well-drained soil (so do NOT overwater it) and is easy to propagate from cuttings. Once placed in a new pot and watered, the cutting will grow roots (this usually takes up to 4 – 6 weeks). As soon as you see roots you must plant them in soil. Unlike other herbs, sage tastes based dried and is usually accompanied by rosemary and carrot, which helps in detering carrot fly.
1. Related to common mint, but an Australian local version.
2. Used by Aborigines for medicinal purposes
3. Embraced by the early settlers and added to their roast meats.
4. Tea is good for easing the effects of colds
5. Crushed leaves sniffed to relieve headaches
6. Can also be rubbed on the skin for a repellent effect
7. Great plant for a 'boggy' or waterlogged area in your garden! Likes moist soil.
8. Sun or part shade
10. Super easy to propagate! From a cutting or runner.
11. Suggest growing in a pot due to vigorous nature and tendency to spread.
12. Cut back hard when it gets leggy. Will bounce back!
1. Hardy perennial
2. Super easy to grow!
3. Grow in pots due to vigorous nature and tendency to spread
4. Full sun or part shade
5. Cut back hard when it gets leggy
6. Good for pesto or in tea
7. Medicinal uses: anti-inflamatory properties, antiseptic, antibacterial, eases digestion, helps with stomach issues, mouth wash, chewing leaves can alleviate flatulence.
8. Smells a bit like basil!
1.Used extensively in Thai, Cambodia and Laos Dishes
2. A good mosquito Repellent
3. Good for colds
Companion plant for lemongrass:
Coriander, basil, thyme, mint, lemon verbena(pretty much all the plants in the garden!)
Lemongrass and ginger herbal tea benefits:
Lemongrass cutting and propagation can be done both from the supermarket ones and the your existing lemongrass in the garden.
Follow those steps:
Ginger is a tropical plant with many benefits. Cuttings can be taken from the rhizome, not roots or leaves.
Ginger grows in a well-watered, well-drained and loose soil. The best condition is full sun or part shade. It can grow both in a big container or a garden bed. Ginger loves fish emulsion, loves compost.
Ginger are best planted in Spring, they takes 5 months to 1 year to harvest depends on climate conditions. In the case of Melbourne weather, it is recommended to keep them in a glasshouse/sunny indoor spot until weather gets really warm.
Steps to follow to propagate ginger:
Recipes we used:
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