How to Grow Lemongrass from Seeds

Growing instructions

Learn how to grow lemongrass from seed in this short tutorial. Growing lemongrass from seed is easy and requires little to no care, once established.

Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus) grows wild in wet grasslands and open forests throughout Southeast Asia, where it is widely used as a culinary herb and medicine. Lemon grass grows up to a height of 1 – 5 meters and have mounding growth habit. Growing lemongrass from seeds is easy and requires little to no care, once established. However, the plants must be kept in warm and humid conditions in the first few weeks after germination.

How to Grow Lemongrass from Seeds

  1. Fill a seed tray with a moistened mixture of equal parts compost, cocopeat or coconut fiber fine and abrasive. Smooth the surface and compress it 1/2 to 1 centimeter of space that remains between the ground and the top of the tray.
  2. Sow lemongrass seeds 1 inches apart and 1/4 inches deep. Squeeze the soil mixture over the tops of the seeds.
  3. Mist the lemon grass seeds with water from a spray bottle. Spray on the soil surface until it feels moderately moist.

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Can you believe it ? Growing vegetables in the shade !

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Edible Plants that Grow in Shade

Have a shady space in your garden? Or you have a shady balcony? Utilize it by growing vegetables and herbs there. Learn about the edible plants that grow in shade.

What is a shady position?

Here in this article, by shady we do not mean the position where sun doesn’t reach or a place with no access to direct sunlight. It means there is scattered sunlight or direct sun but only for 2 – 3 hours.

Can you grow tomatoes in shade?

Would you like to experiment? In theory, plants such as tomatoes, peppers, strawberries or those which set fruits need a lot of sun in order to provide juicy fruits. They grow sometimes in less sunny positions but it’s hard for them to bear fruits in shade.

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The right low maintenance techniques

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Sustainable Low-Maintenance Gardening Ideas


Gardening doesn’t have to be constant hard work or cost a fortune. Yes, there are start up costs, and it is work, but with the right low maintenance techniques, you can put some of the more tedious chores — like watering — on autopilot.

Garden smarter, not harder—here’s how:

Use Rain Barrels

Choose Easy Plants to Grow.

Plant Perennials.

Container Gardening. If you’re short on time and space, consider container gardening or window gardens. Plant herbs from your kitchen window or grow tomatoes from your patio. Container gardening lets you avoid the tilling and overgrowth of weeds, too! Plus, you can have as many or as few container plants as your heart desires. You can make your own containers and raised bed planters from old doors or other odds and ends from around the house. And container gardening is also a great way to introduce gardening to children.

Baby those Seeds.

Recycle your Waste.


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A mangeable garden that fits into a container

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Dr. Robert Nyvall

Garden Olio

“The many great gardens of the world, of literature and poetry, of painting and music, of religion and architecture, all make the point as clear as possible: The soul cannot thrive in the absence of a garden.” – Sir Thomas More.

Olio means mixture. A garden and a library are everything you you might need. But within any library the subjects are a mix of art, science, and human experience. Attractive gardens are a mix of different colors and textures. Therefore, this last column of 2015 is an olio, a mix of garden thoughts.

Gardening at this time of the year evokes dual feelings. Spring anticipation has changed to autumn ennui. Perennials are dying back and vines and leaves are turning brown or white with powdery mildew. It’s a time to gather the rewards after a summer of planting, hoeing, and watering. It’s also time to think about next year.

Too much garden? Down size the unmangeable to a mangeable garden that fits into a container. Many colorful or delicious plants can be grown in the same container. A piece of “junk”? Gardeners in the country may have an unused stock tank or old buckets with holes in the bottom; as utilitarian as expensive pots. A broken down wheel barrow is perfect for many shallow rooted annuals, and a spent child’s wagon or charcoal grill serves the same purpose. Old toilets and bath tubs destined for the land fill become unusual but usuable gardens. Rusted out pickup in a wood lot? Fill up the back end with soil and plant away. Your gardening friends will think you’re very creative.

Now is the time of the year to deal with a dual conundrum. Too many plants in one area, too few in another. Dig up the crowded plants and plant them in the bare spots or compost them. Many perennials can still be planted at this late date. Dig up a large block of soil containing the roots, cut back the plant tops and water frequently. Plants may appear dead but they usually green up next spring.

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Should you pee on your plants ?

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Discover the incredible benefit of urine in the backyard

by Jean Nick, for Rodale’s Organic Life

Depending on which gardening circles you hang with, the concept of urine in the garden may already have surfaced as a discussion topic. So what’s the deal? Should you seriously pee on your peas, tinkle on your tomatoes, and take a leak on your lettuce?

Related: Is People Poop Good For Plants?

Well, not on them, exactly, but if you aren’t using your urine in your garden and on your compost pile, you are, pardon my French, pissing away a free, valuable resource and missing out an easy way to help close the gaping hole in your household nutrient cycle. Using urine in the garden can help you cut your water use (less flushing) while also cleaning up the environment downstream (no water-polluting fertilizer runoff).

Your #1 Choice For Fertilizer
Recent scientific studies have shown urine is a safe and very effective fertilizer for cabbage, beets, cucumbers, and tomatoes, and pretty much anything else you want to grow. Urine boasts a nitrogen-phosphorus-potassium (N-P-K) ratio of 10:1:4, plus more modest amounts of the trace elements plants need to thrive. The nutrients in pee are highly available to plants, too—an extra plus. One estimate suggests a family of four can produce the equivalent of more than 100 pounds of all-purpose garden fertilizer every year. Oh, and the best part? It’s free! Oh, be still, my nickel-pinching heart!

Related: The 10 Best Garden Crops to Plant This Summer

But ewwww…yuck! Is it safe? Yes! Unless you have a serious infection, urine is usually sterile, and the chances of disease transmission from it on the household level are very, very small. And any slight odor dissipates almost immediately once it’s applied to the soil. While we’re not suggesting you drink your urine, know that astronauts on the International Space Station do drink the stuff—after it’s purified. So comparatively speaking, sprinkling it on the soil in the garden is a pretty tame use.

How To Use Your Very Own Garden Gold (Free Deliveries Daily!)

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Some do it in glass containers (terrariums)

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Terrariums offer introduction to gardening, extend season


Those over 40 can’t help but look around and see reminders of the 1970s: clothes and furniture in big bold prints, the rust, green, and gold tones of that time, the occasional Pet Rock, and even terrariums.

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Otchids – * Terrarium – Phalaen,opsis – Photo Pinterest – 189573465534681854_6RsiiCLG_f.jpg

Wait … terrariums?

Yes, terrariums, and they’ve grown in popularity and are much like most of us remember them: glass containers that are sometimes enclosed and sometimes not, with tiny plants growing out of dirt with little stones or pebbles on top.

“They’ve made a comeback in the last two years,” said Mary Machon, the owner of Bensell Greehouse on Dorr Street in Toledo.

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They’re a great way for gardeners to keep their thumbs green during the winter months, she said. They’re also a favorite way for parents and grandparents to introduce their little ones to gardening, she added.

Plus, students in classrooms and young people’s clubs, such as Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, take up terrarium projects to learn how plants grow and thrive, she noted.

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“It’s affordable, and they are tiny,” Ms. Machon said of the little plants and their companion small glass containers. “It’s such a great project for kids. They get to touch plants. It’s an inexpensive way to start [youngsters] off, to get them interested in plants.”

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Before discussing the containers and the types of plants that go inside them, let’s be clear about something: Fairy gardens and terrariums are terms that some use interchangeably because they think the small gardens are one in the same.

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