And here's the latest addition to the My Edible Yard Urban Homestead garden, a true bay laurel, or Laurus nobilis as it is botanically known. I just received it in the mail yesterday from Tropical Plants Library Online in Fort Lauderdale.
|True Bay Laurel (Laurus nobilis).|
This is the true bay laurel, as in the one woven into wreaths in ancient Greece and that grown throughout the Mediterranean, not the bay leaf we here in the U.S. have come to know in the grocery store. It's said to be a bit difficult to grow, but my growing instructions say that's because it needs shade (especially important while the tree is young), sandy rocky soil for a well-drained growing medium, and it doesn't like to be overwatered because it's used to a dry native climate.
I'm giving it a go and have temporarily potted it in a container that's basically the same size as the pot it arrived in. I'll look for a new, slightly larger container this weekend to give it some room to grow. I'm hoping to be cooking with fresh bay leaves soon.
|True Bay Laurel in temporary container.|