Grow Your Own Tea: The Complete Guide to Cultivating, Harvesting, and Preparing

Grow Your Own Tea: The Complete Guide to Cultivating, Harvesting, and Preparing

Grow Your Own Tea: The Complete Guide to Cultivating, Harvesting, and Preparing

Tea darlings, make a new pot, plunk down with this superb guide, and find the delights of developing and preparing your own tea at home. Tea rancher Christine Parks and aficionado Susan Walcott cover it all from developing tea plants and gathering leaves, to the particular cycles that make every tea's unmistakable flavors.

In this complete handbook, you'll find tea's old starting points, find out about the single plant that produces white, green, oolong, and dark teas, and find bit by bit directions for culling, shriveling, and rolling. Straightforward plans that feature the kind of tea and inventive uses for around the home balance this must-peruse for tea fans.

About the Author

Christine Parks, together with her husband, David, developed Camellia Forest Tea Gardens in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The Parks family has worked for decades collecting, propagating, and testing camellia cultivars for hardiness—today Christine and David are partners in Tea Flower Research, which has formalized the family’s work. She was chair of the Tea Committee of the American Camellia Society, and a founding member of the US League of Tea Growers and representative for southeastern growers.

Susan Morrison Walcott is an emerita professor of geography at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has sipped soup-like buttery tea in Tibet and visited Hangzhou’s tea gardens and tea museum during a research trip to China’s high technology parks—a geographers’ curiosity leads down more roads than cat has lives. She is a founding member of the US League of Tea Growers and has published several articles on tea grown in the United States in academic journals.
I stopped sending product reviews some time back but this is the my second recent review where the outstanding quality has compelled me to write a review. (The other was for a Tracfone Moto G Power.) A online gardening friend that I recommended this book to declined to buy it because a poor review by someone who got the book free and the warning about a long download made him think this was just a picture book with little information. I don't understand either. On my relatively slow connection the book downloaded in less than a minute. The book starts with the history of tea and goes on to recent varieties and growing around the world including many places in the USA. It finishes with some interesting recipes. The meaty middle of the book is a thorough descriptions of planting, growing, propagating, harvesting, and processing of tea. I have 6 Sochi tea plants that I have been growing for over 10 years and have reaped a bountiful harvest of information about my plants. I made a few failed attempts at growing new plants from seeds and cuttings. I now know why I failed and look forward to trying again following the clear instructions in the book. I have never pruned my plants but now know that was a mistake and look forward to making my plants more beautiful and productive with the clear instructions on pruning. I was harvesting the wrong way but thanks to the book I'll do better now. --Woodsy

This book covers every facet of tea, and it's incredible the depth that the authors provide on every subject. Some of the knowledge in this book would be applicable to any sort of cultivation, but the specifics and illustrations really put this over the top. Even though it's a book based on rigor and facts, with no shortage of tables, it can be lighthearted too. Really an excellent reference book and also an enjoyable read. --RG 

Did you know that the tea plant is actually a variety of camellia? Even though I have been a lifelong tea lover, I didn't know that little fact until I read this book. This book offers so much cool and interesting information if you love tea. Prior to this book, I had only thought of tea as coming from parts of Asia. Even my favorite Oregon teamaker proudly touts that he sources his leaves from all over (mostly) Asia. But, apparently, quietly, there has been a resurgence of interest in growing small-batch or homegrown tea in the United States and Great Britain. This book enthusiastically embraces the idea that you can cultivate and process tea in your own garden for your personal enjoyment and gives you the information you need to make that happen. The first thing that struck me about this book was how richly and beautifully photographed it is. If you think of tea as just being hardened black bits in either a tea bag or tea strainer, this book will introduce you to all the different colors and shadings of tea. The book goes into a little of tea’s history and the different types before moving into how to actually grow tea plants—providing such detailed information like growing from seedlings and pruning at various stages—and then process the leaves. At the end of the book are even recipes using tea. The authors also looked at places in the United States and Great Britain that are doing interesting things with tea. In fact, if you are a true aficionado, you could create a “tea tour” for yourself with the places mentioned. A couple of them are close to me, so I will have to check them out once we can travel and all places are open again. If you are a tea person like me, you will most likely enjoy this book just for its information alone. But if you're also a gardener who loves tea, this book may very well inspire you to want to grow your own tea. I know I'm thinking about it after reading the book. --Jamie 

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