8 unconventional things you can grow this upcoming season


At this time of year, gardeners are ordering their seeds and planning their gardens in anticipation for the growing season. As you start to plan your garden, you might want to consider mixing it up and trying something that you haven’t grown before.

Here are 8 unconventional crops that are possible (though perhaps challenging) to grow in Maine that you should consider trying this growing season.

Tea

Herbalist Kathi Langelier of Herbal Revolution Farm and Apothecary gathers flowers to add to her iced tea blend. Credit: Abigail Curtis / BDN

The plant used for most types of tea, Camellia sinensis, is primarily grown abroad and prefers mild climates with ample rainfall and well-drained, acidic soil. You can attempt to grow Camellia sinensis in Maine if you are up for the challenge, or you can opt to grow one of the many herbs that make delicious herbal teas and thrive in Maine’s environment. Here’s what you need to know about growing your own tea in Maine.



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8 unconventional things you can grow this upcoming season


At this time of year, gardeners are ordering their seeds and planning their gardens in anticipation for the growing season. As you start to plan your garden, you might want to consider mixing it up and trying something that you haven’t grown before.

Here are 8 unconventional crops that are possible (though perhaps challenging) to grow in Maine that you should consider trying this growing season.

Tea

Herbalist Kathi Langelier of Herbal Revolution Farm and Apothecary gathers flowers to add to her iced tea blend. Credit: Abigail Curtis / BDN

The plant used for most types of tea, Camellia sinensis, is primarily grown abroad and prefers mild climates with ample rainfall and well-drained, acidic soil. You can attempt to grow Camellia sinensis in Maine if you are up for the challenge, or you can opt to grow one of the many herbs that make delicious herbal teas and thrive in Maine’s environment. Here’s what you need to know about growing your own tea in Maine.



Read More8 unconventional things you can grow this upcoming season