Herbal Tea Collection - FloraFelt 4-Pocket
Herbal Tea Collection - FloraFelt 4-Pocket
Bee Balm, Catnip, Lemon Verbena, Stevia, Sweet Lavender, Chocolate Mint, Lemon Mint, Pineapple Mint, and Yerba Buena
This collection of herbs is for the herbal tea enthusiast. A delicious and beautiful collection to suit your every mood. As with all Gardens In A Box, you can choose which of these herbs you would like to include in your garden or suggest others not seen here.
Pre-Planted in a FloraFelt 4-Pocket Planter!
The 4 "pockets" on this planter are made from recycled P.E.T. water bottles woven into thick indestructible plastic felt, making this planter good for the environment and good for your plants, by providing a perfect moisture and air circulation balance.
SIZE: 12" wide x 24" high x 5-1/2" deep.
WEIGHT: 4-lbs (about 15-lbs planted).
INCLUDES: Root Wrappers, Irrigation Hose, Mounting Hooks, and Plants
WANT TO ADD OTHER EDIBLE PLANTS? Just click add to cart then complete the form in the pop-up window to select your additional plants.
More about the Planter...
The 4 felt pockets on this planter stretch open to receive 4 to 6 inch potted plants. Each pocket is 10" wide by 6" deep. Included Root Wrappers (felt wrappers used to wrap each individual plant) make it easy to change, arrange and handle plants. You can hand water each pocket or connect your garden to an automatic drip irrigation system. We have a Wall Mounted Automatic Irrigation System designed specifically for this vertical garden planter. Click here to jump to that page.
What About the Floors & Walls? Will they get wet?
No! The plastic backing board acts as a moisture barrier that prevents moisture from getting behind the pockets. The barrier also conserves water and helps to keep soil's nutrition where your plant needs it. You can either water your garden outside or put a catch basin of sort under your garden while you water inside.
Want A Larger Living Wall?
You can create a larger vertical garden by stacking these systems together. Stack one on top of another and you have a vertical garden 48" tall and 12" wide. Put two side by side and you have a 24" x 24" vertical garden.
More about the Plants...
The plants in this collection are in the Direct light category. To learn more about what that means, click here to view the Successful Indoor Gardening page.
- Bee Balm, a member of the mint family, is native to the eastern United States and Canada. Both the brightly colored flowers and the leaves, with their complex flavors of citrus and spice, are used for tea.
- Catnip is a two- to three-foot-tall mint-family member. When used as a tea, it has a delicious lemony-mint flavor. Cats go crazy for the dried leaves. Caution: Pregnant women should avoid drinking catnip tea.
- Lemon Verbena provides a strong lemon flavor to whatever drink or dish it is used in. The leaves are long, slightly sticky and deciduous. This woody shrub prefers full sun and a light, well-drained soil. It's hardy only in zones 10 and 11. It should be brought indoors in the winter if you live in cooler zones. Note: Check all plants for insects before moving them inside from the outdoors.
- Stevia has been grown for centuries for the sweet flavored quality of the leaves. Recently it has become popular as a sugar substitute. You can enjoy these sweet leaves in several different ways. The easiest way is to simply put a fresh leaf in your tea. You can also make a powder by drying the leaves and finely crushing them. To do this, put several leaves on a piece of paper outdoors in direct sunlight and in an area with good air circulation. Leave for at least 12 hours, then crush the dried leaves with a mortar and pestle or a coffee grinder. Use it conservatively. Stevia powder is 30 times sweeter than sugar.
- Sweet Lavender is the best variety of lavender for culinary purposes. It is a pleasant, pure yet mild flavor when compared to other more bitter varieties. Both the leaves and the flowers can be used, however, the flowers make the best tea. Combine 3 tbsp of fresh flowers or 1.5 tbsp of dried flowers with 2 cups of boiling water and a stevia leaf or two (if desired). Steep for 4 to 5 minutes. Then strain and serve.
- Mint comes in many varieties which make wonderful teas. Chocolate mint has an earthy, subtle yet distinctively chocolate flavor. Lemon mint is crisp and refreshing. And pineapple mint has an unusually savory effect. All mint plants enjoy partial sun, and all tend to be aggressive growers. Growing mint in these vertical garden structures is the perfect way to keep them in check.
- Yerba Buena is a low-growing perennial with pleasant menthol flavored leaves. It is hardy to 10 degrees F.