Sunday, August 05, 2007
Giving Tea Parties For My Flowers (And Other Odd Behaviors)
So for years I've tried to like drinking tea. Honest. But sadly, I'm still stuck at the point where, if I dump in enough sugar and cream, I can tolerate a cup at the occasional tea party (where tea is the only drink served).
During the odd times when I tried to force myself to actually enjoy tea, I've bought cute, artful boxes of it at the supermarket (more to decorate my kitchen with, than to drink its contents). And I've collected tea bags for the good-intentioned tea parties in my home (which I am not brave enough to actually hold) and tea for times Tom, Naomi and I have colds (times I can drink gallons of tea because I cannot taste it then).
You get the idea.
So last week I read in an old-fashioned cookbook that you should only buy the amount of tea which you will use in two or three weeks. After that, it will begin going stale and not taste as delicious (as if it ever could taste delicious... heh... I couldn't resist. Sorry.).
Well, I thought, "So much for all my 8-year-old good-intentioned boxes of tea! Guess I may as well toss them in the trash."
But just in time I came across this wonderful gardening book: Yankee Magazine's Panty Hose, Hot Peppers, Tea Bags, And More--for the Garden. What a fun tips-for-gardening book! Always, I've appreciated gardening books which skip all the long-winded whys and philosophies of growing plants--and instead--just tell me what to do. The shorter the sentences, the better.
And this book told me to put leftover tea bags in my flower pots to give nutrients, nitrogen and organic matter to my flowering plants. Cool! So after years of wishing I could be like my neighbors and make my own homey-looking sun tea in a jar on the porch (having no reason to do so since we hate tea), yesterday I made my first batch of sun tea. For my flowers. Tea, tea bags, and all. I made another batch in the afternoon and another jar this morning, using those ancient tea bags I nearly threw away.
So now I get to make sun tea like the other kids on the block. Ah, simple pleasures.
I highly recommend the aforementioned fun book (wait till you see their ideas for coffee!). You'll find hundreds of hints on how to reuse household stuff which you'd otherwise have thrown away--and in the process--make your garden more lush, beautiful and a much more fun place to hang-out.