Easy Peasy Gardening – Growing Lemongrass
Part Two, How to Plant Rooted Stalks.
When the stalks have rooted in water, it is time to move them up to individual pots with soil.
Any container can be used for planting rooted stalks into soil. Containers must have drainage holes in the bottom of the container.
New or reused plastic pots can be used. Yogurt, food containers, bottoms of plastic soda bottles as well as milk cartons also work, don’t forget the drainage holes.
Bagged potting soil can be purchased for the new plants, any good quality is fine. Clean, pest free garden soil can also be used.
Fill container half way with moistened potting soil, pat down gently to settle soil.
This stalk has many new roots and a new plant growing out of the root base. Special care must be taken to plant in soil without damaging new plant.
Gloves should be worn while handling all new plants. Gently hold new plant to the side while carefully adding moistened soil.
Firmly but gently tap the soil to settle and water- in the new lemongrass plant.
Newly potted-up (planted) lemongrass. These will be taken indoors for winter, and placed outside in a sunny location when all chance of frost in over. Some will be placed in large containers, some in the garden and others for friends or sent to a local food bank.
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NOT for the faint of heart!
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Three lighted pumpkins and one turnip.
Lighted carved pumpkins at night and one turnip
Two carved pumpkins, one carved turnip glowing into the night
Scary pumpkin face and smiley turnip with candle.
Spider with bug covered with web.
Closeup of spider with bug being eaten.
Spider in web – makes great screensaver.
Close up of garden spider.
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How to Start Your Garden
Start by purchasing hydroponically grown herbs from your favorite grocery store.
We will start with Basil, but could also use Mint of any type.
Purchase one pack or container of hydroponic (grown in water with nutrients) plants.
Each pack may yield up to 12 plants.
Basil in container from grocery store.
Each container consists of many plants
Carefully tease clump into individual plants – with roots intact.
Place soil – bagged potting soil or clean soil from garden into containers. Make hole in soil to place division.
Carefully place basil division into prepared hole – don’t push in soil
or you will rip tender roots right off.
Cover hole with soil, patting gently. Plant a bit higher in soil – it will settle when watered.
Water new plants very well – from bottom of containers.
Put newly potting plants into a larger container with an inch or so of water. Place the plants in a shady spot in the garden or covered patio – no direct sun. The plants were grown in just water and need time to adjust to living in soil. Slowly – in 4 or 5 days reduce the amount of water in the outside container till the soil is very moist and then over the next few days it can drained out completely. But, for the first month or so, make sure the new plant is quite moist but not soggy. Once the new plant is strong, you can put it in morning sun and later – all day sun, but if it looks like it is wilting, back into the shade it should go. (This is called ‘hardening off’ and may take a little time!)
The new plants can be harvested by removing the top few inches or by removing the bottom 2 or three largest leaves. Remove the top if blossoms start to form. You want the energy of the plant to make new roots, not flowers.
Your plants will continue to grow all summer and fall. Late fall the plants can be brought in to a cool spot (they will die if they freeze) and will regrow next spring.
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Not For Kids Only!
Make a special present for a child or child-at-heart – use plastic or metal abandoned toys; trucks, doll carriages, pots or anything that will hold soil.
This truck was found in thrift shop for only $4.00.
Once cleaned up, the truck looked almost real.
Make several drainage holes in the bed of truck or base of the toy where the soil will be held. Do not use rocks or other pot scraps to cover the holes.
Prepare the soil: use potting mix specific for plants or add sand to soil to help with drainage. We are planting succulents – had extras in our garden – so we added sand for good drainage. Any small plants can be used but they should be easy to grow.
Moisten the soil well. Don’t water again until soil feels dry two inches below surface.
If using plants from your garden, remove old leaves but be careful of any white delicate roots. Cut off large roots but leave small plants attached to mother plants.
Place the plants into the soil and firmly tap down.
Carefully wash off the plants in the truck bed and be sure to clean off sides of the bed. We used a sprinkler set on light spray.
Add a favorite plastic action figure or two. I found this one at a garage sale for 10 cents.
The Truck Garden is ready for action. Be sure to stabilize the wheels if they move. We lost one truck when it rolled off a wall in a wind storm.
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