While many of our garden herbs overwinter successfully, others are quite tender. One herb worth bringing in over the winter is lemon grass, because it can be hard to locate in grocery stores. The tasty shoots add a hint of summer to many dishes and tolerate the warm indoor temperatures quite well. Simply dig up several stalks and transfer them to a large, heavy container. The grassy leaves can be trimmed back to make the plant tidier indoors. Transplant enough stalks to
Any time we move plants from an indoor location, whether a greenhouse or the windowsill, to an outdoor location, we need to take measures to avoid shocking the plants with the drastic change in climate. Conditions are much harsher outdoors than in, the wind is stronger, the sun is brighter, and temperatures fluctuate more widely. To ease the transition, start toughening plants up for the outdoor conditions over a period of one to two weeks. This process is called acclimati
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Chinese Garden, Huntington Library and Gardens, CA