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 whole 3 dollar impulse buy. I was armed with absolutely zero knowledge of growing the thing and only the fond memories of amazing Thai Coconut martinis and a now legendary party I hosted years ago (the kind of party we are still talking about over a decade later).
It was a mix-your-own affair – and I had a handful of recipes and ingredients on hand. But the clear winner of the night was Thai Coconut martini with my homemade lemongrass syrup. I love garden fresh drinks and this one featured not only the lemon grass, but fresh lime juice and Malibu. (Every teen from the 80’s knows you can’t argue with Malibu). So good… if you can grow limes, you can grow lemon grass. Eh – actually everyone can grow lemon grass… and well, we’ll have to leave the rum making to those in Barbados. But even with just one garden fresh homegrown ingredient, it is a winner.
But back to the growing of the lemongrass plant. I slapped it in the ground and did nothing (seriously, absolutely, nothing), 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. That was the most rewarding $3 plant I’ve purchased in a long while. If I happen to see cut lemongrass fresh at the grocer first, I might try and root the stalks (I have read it is quite happy to throw out roots and thrive – and given how easy it was otherwise – this seems like a similarly rewarding prospect.
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 –supposedly it repels mosquitoes (TBH – I’m dubious about these sorts of claims… but maybe; the plant is worth having either way though)
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.