Growing Your Own Herbs for Tea

Written by Cyndi Roberts

If you love herbal teas, as I do, you know they are just a little bit pricey. However, growing your own herbs is easy and so much fun!

Here are just a few ofrepparttar herbs you might want to consider for a tea garden:

Chamomile: Rememberrepparttar 116272 favorite tea of Peter Rabbit? Onlyrepparttar 116273 flowers of this fragrant herb are used when making tea. Chamomile tea can be enjoyed by itself or you might enjoy adding mint or lemon verbena.

Lemon Balm: This herb is lemony with a touch of mint and makes a soothing cup of tea. It's easy to grow (almost too easy) so remember to keep it clipped back.

Lemon Verbena: An excellent herb to grow in a sunny spot, it makes a delicious tea. You might try combining it with orange mint or spearmint.

Mints: There are many mints available. Generally, they are aromatic plants and they are aggressive. It may be a good idea to plant mint in a pot and then putrepparttar 116274 pot inrepparttar 116275 ground so it doesn't take over your herb garden. Spearmint, peppermint, orange mint all make wonderful teas, alone or along with chamomile or any ofrepparttar 116276 lemon herbs.

Herb teas can be made with fresh or dried herbs and can be enjoyed either hot or cold.

7 Steps To Milling Four Square Lumber

Written by Dave M


This tutorial assumes that you know how to safely operate your power tools. Always refer torepparttar manufacturer instructions if you are unsure how to use your tools.

Any wood worker needs to take a board fromrepparttar 116271 lumber yard or their local sawyer and make this board a uniform thickness, length and width. This board needs to have all four edges square to each other. This is referred to a milling a board four square and is a pre-requisite to any wood working project.

This is best accomplished by using a jointer, thickness planer, miter and circular saws and a table saw. In this example we will mill a board 30" x 4-1/2" x 5/8" with all for edges square to each other.

Step 1: Rough cut your stock

Rough cut your stock to 30-3/4" x 4-3/4" and maintainrepparttar 116272 same overall thickness. Start by selecting a piece of stock larger then your finished size (obviously) and use a framing square to square off one end ofrepparttar 116273 board. Be surerepparttar 116274 end isn't checked (cracked) and if it is squarerepparttar 116275 board off just beyond whererepparttar 116276 cracks end.

Makerepparttar 116277 cut using a circular saw being careful to make a fairly square cut. Now measure 30-3/4" and square offrepparttar 116278 board using your framing square makerepparttar 116279 second cutrepparttar 116280 same way you maderepparttar 116281 first. Be careful to cut onrepparttar 116282 waste side ofrepparttar 116283 line.

Step 2: Rip to rough width

The table saw isrepparttar 116284 best tool for this cut. Setrepparttar 116285 rip fence so it is 4-3/4" fromrepparttar 116286 blade and setrepparttar 116287 height ofrepparttar 116288 blade sorepparttar 116289 gullet ofrepparttar 116290 teeth isrepparttar 116291 same height asrepparttar 116292 stock. Followingrepparttar 116293 directions included with your table saw startrepparttar 116294 blade and makerepparttar 116295 cut, being sure to use a push stick.

Step 3: Truing one face

Now that your piece of stock isrepparttar 116296 rough size needed it is time to true up one face. This is best accomplished withrepparttar 116297 jointer.

As always withrepparttar 116298 jointer it is advisable now to take more than 1/16" per pass. Taking more wood per pass will overworkrepparttar 116299 machine and give results that are less than optimal.

Analyzerepparttar 116300 board to determinerepparttar 116301 direction ofrepparttar 116302 grain and whether there is cupping. It is best to placerepparttar 116303 cupped face down since it will site better onrepparttar 116304 jointer table. Runrepparttar 116305 board through for a couple of passes until you have a uniform face free of voids and dips.

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