Lemongrass is a sensual delight in the garden, tea, stir fry, oriental cooking and in candle making. I’ll show you how to use this striking garden perennial to make tea gifts as party favors or “just because” gifts. It’s quick, easy, and classy. Lemon grass Tea Treats. MVI_4888.AVI
Since Lemongrass is green and healthy looking most of the year, it can be harvested and used at any time except late January through early March, when it is brown from the frost. If you wish to have some on hand for winter use, in the fall bring a pot of it indoors as a house plant and grow it near a sunny window.
It is extremely easy to start from a clump division from a friend. Nurseries sell it in small pots, which is all you need as it is fast growing and will develop into a large clump in one or two seasons. Use monthly organic feedings and water twice a week with the rest of your vegetable garden. It is not fussy about watering and will withstand a little drought. If it dries out and turns brown in the summer, it will quickly recover with watering. Few pests bother lemongrass. It is a delight to smell in the garden and visitors are easily impressed when you crush some leaf tips in your hand for them. Visually, it is a nice corner accent and blocks the hose from running over delicate plants when you walk around the corner of the garden to water. Some gardeners use it in the corners just to protect plants from the hose. Rosemary works well for hose protection, too.
Lemongrass is healthy and tasty. I hope you have a chance to try it in your garden this year.
Happy, Healthy Gardening,