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.
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