Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Garden Tuesday ~ Peppers and Lemongrass

cayenne peppers

jalopeno peppers

lemongrass

My cayenne peppers, jalapeƱos and lemongrass still going strong.  This is my first year growing lemongrass.  I have no idea when or how to harvest. 

Anyone grown lemongrass before?

Please join me for Garden Tuesday.

16 comments:

Zubaidah Arshad said...

I canf answer the when but I guess you harvest it when the leaves are long enough? You actually can see the stem of the lemongrass. The stem tells whether the bulb is big enough to harvest.

On the how- take whatever things you have, dig it down until you get the bulb. Remember not to jeopardize the roots because it'll grow back later. Good luck!

Catherine said...

That is one spicy garden! Lovely!
Nope, don't know how to harvest lemongrass ~ good luck!
xo Catherine

Jacky said...

We barely had a frost the other night, but everything seems to be OK in our garden. The peppers we grew this year are HOT HOT HOT. Would love to have lemongrass in my garden, good stuff.

Big Dude said...

We grow lemon grass but never remember to use it - sad but true.

Anonymous said...

I grew it in my Tennessee garden, and harvested it, only as needed, by slicing the bottom of the stalk with a sharp knife. It will keep in the crisper drawer for a few weeks; but I don't think it is worth drying (I've had that) -- perhaps it will freeze.

Mary said...

I don't know anything about the growing habits of lemon grass, so I can't help.I can tell you that I think your photos are wonderful. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

Yael from Home Garden Diggers said...

Nice pepper. I have lemongrass but don't know when to harvest it either. Thanks to Zubaidah Arshad for providing some insight there. I just tear off some leaves when I want to repel the yellow jackets on my deck.

Yael from Home Garden Diggers

Wearinbeads said...

Lemongrass propogates by making new clumps, so your plant consists of tightly spaced clumps. If you part the leaves at the base of the plant, you will see that there are clumps the size of your little finger or bigger in an older plant. Do not harvest the whole plant. Bend one clump to the side and break it off or cut as low as you can with a knife. Cut off the green leaves and compost them. You want the bulb or clump. Pull down the outside green leaves to expose a smooth, pale section. Cut off any roots, Cut off more of the top until it is light green. Cut lengthwise into 2-4 pieces, or smash it with a heavy object. You can cut it crosswise into shorter pieces if you like.

Don't expect to eat the woody plant parts. You can make a tisane by simmering in water, then sweeten. If you want something to be lemony, put the piece(s) in the stewing water, then discard.

Keep the rest in a plastic bag in the fridge. Enjoy!

Marjie said...

Things are getting ready to not grow hereabouts, although we've not had a frost yet. Good luck figuring out how to use your lemongrass.

Donna Heber said...

Hi Pam,

Your garden looks quite tasty. I have never grown Lemongrass. You will have to let us know how it is. Thank you for hosting.

Bonnie said...

I've bought lemon grass. Never grown it. Let us all know when you figure it out. It's fascinating.

Gabby said...

Your peppers looks YUM!

Barb @ A Life in Balance said...

We have tons of peppers right now! I was worried about them because of the weather, and now I have too many.

Not sure about the lemongrass. I thought you could harvest it daily like chives?

Antoinette said...

My parents used to grow lemongrass. Sharp blades, right? I don't remember that they were high maintenance, but I will ask if I walk with them soon.

Joy said...

Cool herbs! Lemongrass surely smells good. Thanks a lot for the wonderful post.

Joy @ Cheap Sheds

Chris said...

You have me, I've never grown the stuff. But your peppers look good!