Gardening can be an expensive pastime! So I try to practice thrifty gardening whenever I can. Lemon grass oil is a vital element to backyard beekeeping and this spring when I saw a pot of lemon grass for sale, I knew I had to have one. I don’t buy annuals very often because I don’t feel like I get my money’s worth since they only survive for one season. And this one was fifteen dollars!
I dream of having a beautiful greenhouse where I can keep tropical plants during the winter, but so far that is still a dream. So how could I justify purchasing such an expensive plant that would not live through the winter?
Upon further inspection, I realized that it was three separate small grasses planted together. By MY MATH, that’s only $5 each! Cha-ching! That baby was mine!
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When I removed the grasses from the pot, I just used my hands to separate the three plants. I had to loosen up the roots a bit to make sure that they didn’t break off as I separated the plants and that each individual plant had sufficient root on it’s own.
Now that I had 3 plants, I was ready to plant them in my three pots. I dumped potting soil into each pot, placed a plant in and then filled in around the plants.
Three plants is exactly what I needed for these pots that sit in front of my cute little shed. I like them here near the bee hives.
Aaaaaand as a bonus, I get to try making my own lemon grass oil. Now that’s thrifty gardening!
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