The Lemon Grass Experiment

by rochelle

in Eating + Drinking, Plants

Every year, I try out things in my garden that I have no idea what will come of them….as I potter around my garden I see the remnants of last years experiments and I am pondering what will be this years projects.  (I am thinking of trying to propagate my favorite hydrangea by cutting, among other things).

Last year, on a whim, I bought a lemon grass plant.  A complete $3 impulse buy, I was armed with no knowledge of growing this thing and only the fond memories of Thai Coconut martinis and a legendary party where homemade lemongrass syrup was a key ingredient.

I slapped it in the ground and did nothing (absolutely), only to be rewarded with a giant beautiful bounty of grassy stalks.  I didn’t even bother to check it was hardy.  This spring, I am discovering that it is not….but I don’t care,  I am spending the $3 x6 at least this year.  Or if I happen to see it fresh at the grocer first, I will try and root the stalks (I have read it is quite happy to throw out roots and thrive).

Nothing bothered this thing and it grew to enormous proportions in a single season.   So this years plan….put it in lots of containers.  Why? — because it is easy, cheap, beautiful, and edible….and capping off the sweep — it repels mosquitoes.

We are calling this experiment a winner!

What are you trying out this year?  As I evolve the rest of my seasonal experiments….I will share my results and I hope you will too. 

image from metafro