Take Time to Smell the Lemongrass

Welcome to the Brighter Future Foundation’s 365  Day “Fall in Love with Nature”

Project. Everyday for the next 365 days we will be showcasing something we are growing or created with elements we found in nature.

In addition to plants, we will be using things we found in the trash (or as we like to call it “curb side shopping”), that were given to us, or just stuff we had lying around that needed a new life instead of going to the landfill.

Today’s feature is Lemongrass. Yes, I know it’s “Take Time to Smell the Roses” but sometimes you just have to improvise.

Today is Valentine’s Day and whats not to love about Lemongrass. It can be used as an insect repellent, as a sedative/calmative, to loose weight, as an essential oil, and some even believe it can repel negative energy! Not to mention that you can make some fantastic recipes with it.

Lemongrass is really easy to propagate, you can purchase pieces of it at Whole Foods, your local farmers markets, or at Asian food stores. Look for a piece that has a nice white bottom and green top. It’s ok if it’s cut into a small piece, most of the time you can get it to grow.

Trim the bottom of the lemongrass off so you can see a fresh white area, about a 1/2 inch. Then, place it in a clear glass container with just a touch of water. You want to get the roots to sprout. After about a day you will see tiny white roots starting to grow and if it’s a nice healthy piece you will see the center leaves starting to grow from the top.

Let your Lemongrass develop a nice root system, changing out the water every few days so you don’t develop rot. White healthy roots and growing leaves are a great sign.

When you have a nice root system plant your Lemongrass clipping in a pot with organic potting soil, worm castings or compost and watch it’s growth explode.

In a few months we will post the Lemongrass in this picture, it will be 10 times the size and beautiful.

Lemongrass is great for cooking, keeping away mosquitos, and looks great as an ornamental plant in a container, or in the garden. Pets love to munch on it too.

Wishing you a very Happy Valentine’s Day and a successful Lemongrass adventure!

S

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