Maintaining A Bay Leaf
Bay leaves are great for seasoning foods and anything for cooking. They add a lot
of flavour and depth to your cooking. If you use bay leaves, then you're sure to have a great dish. This is
why many people like to grow bay leaf trees in their herb gardens so that they can grow their own herbs to use in
their cooking. So if you want to have fresh bay leaves ready for you to use at any time, you should plant a bay
There are many different types of bay leaf out there but there are two main leaves that
are used mainly for cooking. These two types are the Turkish bay leaf and the
California bay leaf. They may look similar, but they give off a different taste. So
sometimes you might find recipes that call for one specific kind of bay leaf.
The kind of bay tree that you plant will have an effect on the recipes that you can do
with your homegrown bay leaves. So choose the tree type that you will use more or you
can get both. They make very beautiful trees as well as delicious seasoning.
Bay leaf trees can grow up to forty feet high, and aside from leaves it grows flowers
and berries. The bay leaves themselves can grow up to twelve centimetres long and six
centimetres wide. Having this tree in your garden will not only spruce up your cooking
but your landscaping as well.
Growing a bay tree from seeds can be a very long process, which is why people usually get seedlings
or bay trees from nurseries. This makes having a bay tree at home a lot easier and it will be faster for you to
have a harvest of bay leaves.
If you want to control the size of your tree, then you should grow it inside a pot
and keep it at home. By keeping it in a small pot and pruning the tree at home, you can keep the tree at a short
and manageable height. If you have a tree in a container, then keep it like that until you need to re-pot it in
When looking for a pot, take note that a pot that is a foot in diameter will grow the
tree at most five feet. Also, you should choose a pot that has proper drainage holes so that the soil will be
drained well. You can also put stones at the base for draining.
You should keep the soil firmly but gently pressed into the pot. Also
remember to use compost at the top of the pot so that your soil will be filled with nutrients. Remember to water
your tree every so often and keep the soil moist.
Remember that a bay leaf tree cannot grow during the winter, so keep it in your home
in a well-lit area during the frost season.
By maintaining your bay tree and keeping it in good condition, you
will have fresh and delicious bay leaves to use in your cooking all year round.