This tall and lanky Curry Leaf plant has been coppiced every 6 months. Why? I have found out that it actually reveals the forthcoming change of seasons … micro-climatewise, i.e.
These stalks have been almost bald for winter and that is when dried curry leaves are needed in my kitchen. In the last fortnight, tiny greens have emerged from some pretty thick stems and this tells me that the soil it’s growing in is nice and warm enough for seed sowing.
Yes, my seeds have been sown… vegetable seeds, that is.
And they do scream that they are coming back to life when I’m close to them in the morning as the dew on their leaves dry … they remind me of the fragrance of curries.
This particular Curry Leaf Plant (Murraya Koenigii) was planted there specifically to help shade a south wall in summer (click link to see what I mean), see the blank wall? I thought coppicing it would make it shorter and thicker but it did not quite work out that way.
So in December, knowing that the Chinese Year of the Monkey was around the corner, I decided to experiment ~ the mad monkey way… that is, anything goes.
(See my next post.)