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Use wintergreen alone or with other herbs in tea.

How to Make a Tea Tree Oil Spray

Tea tree oil, a product of the distillation of the leaves from the Australian plant Melaleuca alternifolia, is a very powerful natural antiseptic. According to the Mayo Clinic, tea tree oil has been traditionally used to prevent and treat infections because of potent antibacterial and anti-fungal qualities. As a natural cleanser and disinfectant, tea tree oil has many potential benefits. Besides its use on humans, tea tree oil can also prevent fungus on plants. The best way to apply it on plants is to make a simple spray with water.

Combine 2 cups of water with 2 tbsp. of tea tree oil. Mix well.

Place the solution in an empty plastic spray bottle.

Spray the solution directly onto leaves of plants to combat fungus. Plant disease can be prevented by routinely spraying this natural disinfectant.

Generally use the tea tree oil spray as an antiseptic or air freshener in troublesome areas that are prone to mold, mildew or fungal infections.

How to Dry Wintergreen Leaves for Tea

Cut leaves from the outside of the wintergreen plant when they are fully open and undamaged. Cut stems early in the day once the dew has evaporated from the foliage, as wet leaves are prone to mildewing instead of drying properly.

Strip the wintergreen leaves from the stems. Rinse them briefly in a colander under cool water to remove any dirt or dust. Pat the leaves dry with a paper towel.

Cover a tray or baking pan with a layer of cheesecloth or use a fine mesh screen for drying. Spread the wintergreen leaves on the cheesecloth so they do not overlap or touch.

Set the tray in a warm, well-ventilated room away from direct sunlight. Turn the leaves every other day to ensure even drying. Dry the leaves until they are crisp, which takes approximately one week.

Place the leaves in a jar or bag and seal. Store in a cool, dark place until you are ready to use the wintergreen leaves.

How to Make Organic Hydroponics Fertilizer

Create a compost pile. Add a variety of natural ingredients to the compost pile, such as egg shells, coffee grounds, manure, leaves, yard waste and fruit and vegetable peels. Allow the compost pile to rot for a few weeks. Regularly turn and water the pile to speed decomposition.

Fill a plastic garbage can half with compost, and the rest of the way with water. Cover the can with the lid and allow it to stand in the sun for a week or two.

Stir the contents of the garbage can every day to allow the mixture to breath and absorb oxygen.

Pour some of the tea into a spray bottle or watering can and top it off with water; use about a one-to-five ratio of tea to water. Add to your plants, as necessary.

How to Use Flowers to Make Tea

Choose the variety of flower you want to use for your tea. Clover and dandelion blossoms taste sweet, while chamomile, hops and passion flowers induce relaxation. If a flower is edible, you can use it to make tea. Always use blossoms from areas of the garden that have never been sprayed with pesticides.

Collect flower blossoms and spread them on a tray or newspaper to dry. Strip off any green parts and stamens, leaving the petals. When dry, store the petals in a glass jar.

Use a single variety or a mixture of several varieties of blossoms. Spoon about two tablespoons of petals into a cup. You may also spoon the petals into a tea ball or reusable tea bag.

Pour boiling water over the dried blossoms. Allow the tea to steep for three to five minutes.

Strain out the flower petals or remove the tea ball or tea bag. Add sugar or honey to taste.

How Long Can a Hybrid Tea Peace Rose Live?

The average lifespan of a hybrid tea peace rose is about six or seven years, although with proper care, this life expectancy can be extended.

How to Add Humic Acid to Aerobic Compost Tea

Add humic acid to your compost tea if your plants are having any disease-related problems and you need to boost water retention and nutrient absorption. You can also add humic acid to boost the fungal component in your compost tea.

Add the humic acid to your compost tea right before you apply the tea to your plants. You can add the humic acid as soon as the brew settles and is strained.

Mix in only one tablespoon of humic acid to about 5 gallons of compost tea, if the humic acid powder is a high-concentration variety. Stick with the 1 tablespoon of humic acid if the powder contains 85 percent or more humic acid and is 90 percent or more soluble.

Wintergreen Berries Harvesting

Plant wintergreen from seed, nursery plants or native cuttings in a damp spot in your garden that receives full to partial shade. Water newly-planted wintergreen frequently so the soil stays moist, but not soggy. Once wintergreen is established, it can survive on less water.

Pick the wintergreen berries off the stems when they've turned bright red in late fall.

Harvest all the wintergreen berries at once, or leave some on the bushes. They'll remain until spring and you can harvest them all winter.

Is Tea Good for Plants?

Teas provide essential nutrients and vitamins for plants, just as they do for humans. Plants can be watered with tea, or the sediment can be mixed in with the soil.

Are Tea Leaves Good for Roses?

Used tea leaves are very good for rose bushes. Tea leaves are acidic, and a good source of nitrogen when sprinkled on the ground around the plants and allowed to compost.

How to Make Mullein Tea

Bring 1 cup of water to a rolling boil in a small saucepan. Place the dried mullein leaves into the bottom of a heat-proof container such as a coffee mug or tea cup.

Pour the boiling water over the dried leaves. Cover the container, and then allow the mullein leaves to steep for five to 10 minutes.

Pour the mullein tea through a fine-mesh strainer into another heat-proof mug or cup. Discard the spent herbs in the compost pile or trash bin.

Sweeten mullein tea with honey or raw sugar if desired, and then drink immediately while still warm. Drink one to three cups per day, as necessary.

When to Plant Hybrid Tea Roses?

Wait to plant your hybrid tea roses until there are no more hard frosts for the season, in your area. Plant the flowers in well-drained soil.

How to Harvest Camellia Sinsensis

Prune the tips of at least 50 percent of all branches on the tea shrub in late winter. Wait until newly planted shrubs are at least 3 years old before drastic pruning in anticipation of tea leaf harvest.

Allow the new shoots to appear from the pruned branch tips, letting them grow so that two to four young leaves are unfurling.

Pinch off the tender new shoots with the youngest two to three leaves and collect them in a wicker basket.

Place the harvested shoots into a steam basket, and let it sit over boiling water for 45 to 60 seconds.

Dry the steam-treated leaves for 45 minutes in a dry oven at about 225 degrees Fahrenheit.

Remove the tea leaves from the oven and gently roll them with a pastry roller for 25 minutes, bruising and crushing the plant tissues. Or roll the palm of your hands over the leaves to roll and bruise them.

Dry the tea leaves once again, this time in an oven or warm room where temperatures are around 150 degree Fahrenheit for 30 minutes.

Crush the leaves as needed to brew fresh green tea with boiling water and a tea infuser or strainer.

Harvest more fresh shoot and leaves of tea every 10 to 14 days on the shrub, as new growth appears after your previous pinching.