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How To Make An Amazing Outdoor Garden (You Can Use Tea!)

Yes!!! April is National Garden Month so that means it’s time to get ready to enjoy all those gorgeous colors that will bloom soon (if some haven’t already)! Plus, it’s that time of year to take on an outdoorsy project – like making your own garden of course!

Bigelow Tea has a lot of experience doing just this- our community garden 

grows fresh ‘n’ delicious goodies such as tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, squash and basil. We even donate our bounty to local nonprofit organizations where they help feed those who may be less fortunate.

And of course, Bigelow Tea has also cultivated a rather, um, large garden—the Charleston Tea Plantation! (See the pic of all the rows of beautiful tea above!)

On a smaller scale, whether you are interested in growing your own garden so you can feed your family or help give to others- here’s a super idea: You can start a garden using tea bags! How cool is that? Try some of these tips from a tea fan:

  1. Begin with a plate, platter or disposable serving tray lined with unbleached paper towels.
  2. Place moistened tea bags, which have been prepared normally using boiling water, on the tray.
  3. Using a small blade/knife or your fingers, make a small slit in the tea bags (large enough to plant your seeds).
  4. Take 2-3 seeds and push them into the slit that you made in the tea bag so that the seeds are slightly covered by the tea leaves.  Keep in mind that because the tea leaves are moist, some of the contents of the tea bag will get on your fingers- don’t worry, just make sure that the seed is in place.Put your tea bag garden in a sunny area and wait for your seeds to sprout.  Be sure to keep the paper towels moistened1 Depending on sun exposure, temperature and watering, seeds should begin to sprout in 10-15 days. When watering, pour water onto the paper towels, not directly onto the tea bags.
  5. Once you have a small sprout, take the whole tea bag and plant it in either a raised bed or container.  The tea bag will become fantastic compost for the garden!

Another simple way to get gardening is to start with herbs. It’s an easy way to get going with that farm to table concept!

So how does your garden grow? Share your green thumb tips with us! Be sure to tag #TeaProudly so we can use some tips for our own gardens!

11 Tips To Help Celebrate American Heart Month!

bigelow tea wear red healthRed is Bigelow Tea’s favorite color this month! “Go big or go home” they say, so we’re pulling out all the stops to mark American Heart Month this year. We started by grabbing our most-loved red clothing items (and what a great chance to wear that red lipstick sitting in the drawer!) for National Wear Red Day on February 3rd, we have a “Healthy Eating Challenge” throughout the month of February for all employees, and we have our “Exercise Challenge” where we are urged to exercise 30 minutes, 3 times per week throughout the month.  So why should we all put so much “heart” into this month? Let’s get serious for a second. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year. We can all make a difference by getting the below important info out to friends and family:

  1. study by the Boston University School of Medicine found a strong link between drinking black tea and arterial health in people who have heart disease, and we’ve mentioned before that black tea, studies say, has been shown to reverse abnormal functioning of blood vessels.
  2. Educate yourself on the signs/symptoms of heart disease
  3. Visit your physician for a regular check up
  4. Eat nutritious food
  5. Exercise daily
  6. If you smoke – make the effort to quit
  7. Avoid excessive alcohol consumption
  8. Try to manage your stress through relaxation techniques/meditation
  9. Monitor your blood pressure and cholesterol
  10. Help others by encouraging them to join you
  11. Laugh loud and laugh often!

How are you taking care of your heart this month? Post a pic, either in your fave red outfit or while doing a heart-healthy activity, and tag  #TeaProudly. (Extra points if it features a cup of Bigelow tea!)

It’s All in the Family: Bigelow Tea Celebrates National Family Month

Bigelow Tea celebrates National Family Month.

Courtesy of Familymonth.net.

“The family is the nucleus of civilization.”

Will and Ariel Durant

Family is the most precious and powerful force of human life. It is the safe harbor where support, comfort and unconditional love is given and received — the springboard from which children grow, learn and succeed. With this in mind, National Family Month® is celebrated annually from Mother’s Day to Father’s Day. Established by KidsPeace®, one of America’s oldest and largest not-for-profit organizations serving children and families nationwide, National Family Month is all about giving kids peace by affirming the family. This year, the national celebration of the American family will focus on three themes: grandparents, foster families and crisis prevention. In recent years, the role of child caregiver has shifted dramatically from parents to grandparents, aunts, uncles and foster parents. These men and women are being honored for their contribution to building strong families, ensuring that children enjoy and flourish in a safe environment.

At Bigelow Tea, we revere family. Our company, founded over sixty years ago by Ruth Campbell Bigelow, is lovingly tended by generations of Bigelows. We embrace our employees and their families as part of the extended Bigelow family, and are deeply committed to strengthening family ties — by sharing traditional activities as simple as a return to the family picnic on a lovely Sunday afternoon!  We’re also dedicated to that larger family — the community. Enthusiastic participants in our community, we organize events like the annual Bigelow Tea Community Challenge — which benefits many organizations, such as the Fairfield YMCA. The entire Bigelow team is also active in dynamic family-oriented programs like Habitat for Humanity. So please join us in commemorating the single most important unit — the family!