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Wild Flowers and Native Shrubbs in your home garden instead of invasive Bamboo …

We will get there folllwing a European Trend, biodiversity and insects and more …

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Planting tea leaves in your kitchen garden in tropical Queensland can be a rewarding endeavor. Here are some tips to help you get started:

  • Climate Suitability: Tea plants thrive in a moderate tropical climate with plenty of rain and humidity³. Queensland’s climate is generally suitable for growing tea, especially in areas with 2,000–4,000mm of annual rainfall³.
  • Soil Requirements: Tea plants prefer well-drained soils with a pH of 4.5–6.0³. Enrich your soil with compost and organic fertilizer to provide the necessary nutrients.
  • Sunlight: While tea grows well in semi-shade in tropical climates, it may require full sun in southern regions of Australia⁵. Ensure your plants receive partial shade during the hottest part of the day to avoid scorching.
  • Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist, as tea plants do not tolerate drought well.
  • Plant Selection: Choose tea plants grown from cuttings, as seed-derived plants may not have the same properties as the parent¹. It’s advisable to grow two or more plants so you can harvest leaves from one while the others continue to grow.
  • Harvesting: You can expect to harvest leaves after 2–4 years of growth¹. Harvest the young leaves and leaf buds for the best quality tea.
  • Pest Control: One advantage of growing tea in Australia is that the quarantine regulations have helped prevent pest entry, reducing the need for pesticides¹.

What I have to learn for sure, patience is key when growing tea … 🌱

Growing citrus in tropical Queensland can be quite successful, given the right conditions and care.

  • Sunlight: Citrus trees need full sun, especially during fruiting in winter¹.
  • Soil: They require free-draining soil. If drainage is poor, consider planting in pots or raised beds¹.
  • Watering: Regular watering is crucial, but avoid waterlogging.
  • Fertilizing: Citrus are heavy feeders. Fertilize trees in the ground 3-4 times a year and potted citrus 6 times a year with a citrus-specific fertilizer¹.
  • Mulching: Use cane mulch, lucerne, or compost, ensuring it doesn’t touch the stems or trunk¹.
  • Pruning: Light formative pruning is needed in the first few years. Avoid heavy yearly pruning as it can be detrimental¹.
  • Pest Control: Keep an eye out for pests and treat them promptly.

What I know …

What I don’t know …

I should select the right variety for my Queensland garden.

As my mate told me: producing excellent mandarins, lemons, and limes is not really difficult at all here …

I might choose dwarf rootstock as my space is rather limited, I might buy sone decent pots!

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Ice Tea and more ideas in my kitchen garden

Lemongrass is a fantastic herb to grow in your kitchen garden.

I boil my tea in the morning and drink it hot or warm or with ice during the day: I store it in 1 or 2 Liter Glasses with Lids.

Growing Lemongrass:

  • Climate: Lemongrass thrives in warm and humid climates, but it can also be grown in pots indoors if you live in a cooler area⁵.
  • Planting: You can start with stalks from the grocery store. Place them in water until roots develop, then plant them in soil⁵.
  • Soil: It prefers well-drained, fertile soil. If growing in pots, use a high-quality potting mix⁵.
  • Sunlight: Lemongrass loves full sun, so place it in a spot that gets plenty of light⁵.
  • Water: Keep the soil consistently moist, but not soggy⁵.
  • Harvest: Once the plants are established, you can harvest by cutting the mature stalks near the base⁵.

Making Lemongrass Tea:

  • Ingredients: Fresh lemongrass stalks, water, and optional sweeteners like honey or sugar.
  • Steps:
  1. Prepare Stalks: Use the back of a knife to bruise the lemongrass stalks. This releases the oils and enhances the flavor.
  2. Boil: Add the stalks to boiling water. Use about two stalks per cup of water.
  3. Simmer: Reduce the heat and let it simmer for 5-10 minutes, depending on how strong you want the flavor.
  4. Steep: Remove from heat and let it steep for another 5 minutes.
  5. Strain: Strain the tea to remove the stalks.
  6. Serve: Enjoy your tea hot, or let it cool down and serve over ice with a slice of lemon¹.

Health Benefits:

  • Lemongrass tea is known for its health benefits, including antioxidant properties, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects, and it may even help reduce cancer risk². It’s also used as a folk remedy to promote sleep, relieve pain, and boost immunity². However, it’s important to note that while lemongrass tea is associated with these benefits, some people may be allergic, and it may cause side effects like dizziness or dry mouth².
  • Home grown Lemon Grass! 🌱🍵

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Retired, not retarded.

From QLD with my best wishes kindly yours

Peter H Bloecker

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