Day 138 – 2,024 Words/Day Process Log – Tea Garden

I want to make my own tea blends in five years, so I’m planting my tea garden today.

I already have mint safely secured growing in a container and sage in another one. I didn’t even know sage could be used in tea. My family only used that herb once a year during Thanksgiving for dressing. But as I was searching for uses, I came across sage tea that is supposed to be good for you. I brewed it with some mint, and it was right tasty.

Next came the lemon balm plant purchase.

Then I bought some seeds to start including lavender, holy basil, and chamomile. Also, learning to propagate ginger is part of the plan so I can preserve it.

Included in this plan is harvesting seeds and learning how to propagate the plants from cuttings so I can share the plants with ladies from my tea group and keep my own stash of tea for the winter. In the fall, I typically make a big order of a variety of ginger teas in preparation for any colds I might come down with. The goal is to replace that with my own blend.

This year is all about experimentation and learning what grows, learning how to dry herbs, and store them. Each year, I’ll get a bit better. I’ll refine my growing techniques and my recipes.

And one day, I’ll host a tea time, serving my own special blend tea with bouquets of flowers cut from my garden and vegetables harvested from the garden, too.

Keep moving forward. Keep getting better.

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Tracking

As of Day 138, – 5/17/24

# of Words I Wrote/# of Words Written To Be on Track/Year Goal

209,478/279,312/ 740,784

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About Irette Y Patterson

Irette Y Patterson is a writer of fantasy, science fiction, and romance. She has been published in FIYAH, Strange Horizons, Translunar Travelers Lounge and on the website of The Saturday Evening Post. When not writing, you can find her digging around in her garden or catching the latest musical in the theater.
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