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Harvesting Lemongrass

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I planted Lemongrass this spring.  It turned into a garden monster.  I’m not sure what I was thinking planting it where I did.

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Notice how the Lemon Verbena has to lean so far out to get any sun?  It still grew pretty well but it probably would have been less spindly had I planted the Lemongrass in a better spot.  
The upside is I had a nice amount of Lemongrass to harvest!  So harvest I did!  We get pretty decent winters in this part of the country.  Sometimes plants will overwinter well if you give them a good leaf mulch cover but I really needed to move this plant.
 
Lemongrass can be potted and kept inside but I don’t have the space to overwinter a plant this size.  I dug it out.
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First, I cut off the tops and kept some leaves and stalks for later.  I washed and bagged them, then stuck them in the freezer for tea.  Once I dug the plant out roots and all, I began separating the roots, careful not to damage the bulbs.  
 
You can save some bulbs for planting in the spring by placing them in a paper bag to overwinter in the shed, garage, or wherever you store your bulbs and seeds.
Part by sections...

Part by sections…

Carefully cut around individual bulbs

Carefully cut around individual bulbs

Soon you will have this!

Soon you will have this!

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 Shake off excess dirt and wash well.

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I cut and peeled them just like a green onion.

I peeled off the immediate outer layer, cut off the roots, then peeled again to remove any remaining damaged areas.  I was careful to leave as many layers as possible intact to protect the delicate pulp that holds a lot of the flavor.  Then I rinsed, patted them dry, and bagged them up for the freezer.

Rinsed and ready for the freezer!

Rinsed and ready for the freezer!

My intention is to make some Thai dishes over the winter like this and perhaps some of these.

What are your favorite recipes for using Lemongrass?

The Last Flowering Flush of Autumn

Pink Dahlias

Pink Dahlias

I am not ready for the flowers to be gone.

Jack Frost has been visiting the gardens overnight and leaving his mark.
Autumn Fairy Pumpkin House

Autumn Fairy Pumpkin House

But I still have plants to PLANT!  I am not ready for it all to be done!

 

Rainbow garden inspired by Lois Ehlert's book "Planting A Rainbow"

Rainbow garden inspired by Lois Ehlert’s book “Planting A Rainbow

I am not usually this sentimental about my growing seasons.  The only time I usually feel this way is when a baby is on the way and I am waiting.  I never have my babies before their due dates and carry them well into 42 weeks.  My gardens are a beautiful distraction.

But, here I am.  There is no baby due.  There is no need for floral distractions.

Yet, I disapprove of the cold coming to put my gardens to bed.

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So, I bring some inside to make it last a little longer…

Purple bell pepper and flower

Purple bell pepper and flower

…and harvest what remains.