Lemon Grass is a beautiful herb. I like to use it as an ornamental edible in plantings but it also does very well in containers. Its best to buy plants of a larger size because of the long season it requires. Plant Lemon Grass in full sun after night time temperatures are steadily above 10°C. These plants like to be kept relatively moist and enjoy a high nitrogen fertilizer but in my experience a well tended garden will sustain them comfortable throughout the long growing season. The tufts can get fairly large and yield a full winters supply of beautifully aromatic stalk from just one plant for all but the most avid users of this herb. Harvest stalks as they reach a diameter of roughly ½ an inch. After you abundant harvest stalks can be stored in the freezer for use all winter long.
Amaranth is one of my new garden favorites. I’ve been trying out several different varieties and these two are the standouts to my eye. I’ve got a few other varieties growing now and am looking forward to sharing the results. The young greens are a tasty addition to salads and a spinach alternative in other dishes. The grain is edible and tasty as well. I’ve tried using it in my kitchen with varying results but I’m sure someday I’ll get it right. The plants haven’t really required any special attention. They’ve held up well to dry conditions wet conditions and slightly cold nights. A dip in temperature early this season absolutely stalled them but they came roaring back.
This plant will be in my personal veggie patch next year as well as my fathers ornamental gardens. This is a very versatile plant. Also known as Josephs Coat, Summer Poinsettia, Chinese Spinach, Callaloo