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This came up from (probably) some compost that I added to a wheelie bin that had an avocado seedling in it. It seemed to be robbing the seedling of nutrition. A bit pale but I grate this for my morning coffee.

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Comment by Roger Clark on April 19, 2017 at 3:57

Yes I do, and this keeps me in Turmeric for the year. We do the same for Ginger, as well as freezing it.

Elaine I'll let you know when I've harvested it. I don't know as yet how much I will get in total. 

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on April 18, 2017 at 19:39

Good point mate.  You don't dry and powder them?

Comment by Roger Clark on April 18, 2017 at 17:10

Yes, Andrew but there's only so much you can use. I should investigate selling it to my local small grocers shop. or I guess I can give it away at garden visits.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on April 18, 2017 at 14:39

Roger, that's not a problem. It is a boon!  That's the beauty of gingers and turmeric - they just keep coming back. 

Comment by Roger Clark on April 18, 2017 at 8:17

Finally I have found that my horrible Park Ridge sandy soil is good for something! Obviously both Lissa and Dianne have got much heavier soil which retains not only the water and nutrients but also the Ginger and Turmeric. My main problem growing them is that I almost always don't remove every last piece which means that it regrows again next season. I usually them remove these when they pop up so as not to keep growing the same family in the same place (this would be asking for trouble). in the case of the wheelie bin I let that go as I had only grown the Avocado seedling there.

Comment by Lissa on April 17, 2017 at 16:21

Any of these rhizome plants I had in the ground I had a great deal of trouble getting out of the ground. Grow bags or pots are a great idea for them, much easier to harvest.

Comment by Dianne Caswell on April 17, 2017 at 10:39

Great crop of Turmeric Roger, I have both my Ginger and Turmeric in the ground and have a bugger of a time getting it out, I left it there last year, I gave up, but they have come up again 2 fold. This year, I plan to plant in Grow Bags.

Comment by Roger Clark on April 17, 2017 at 7:17

I can always grow very good turmeric and ginger in our summers. If only it was so easy to grow all the other things I'd love to grow well. This Turmeric volunteered itself. It must have been in the compost I added to the top of the soil in the wheelie bin. I let it grow there and as I was watering it often it really prospered. I grow most of my Turmeric and Ginger in old baths using horse manure as my fertiliser. I find that with Ginger I start to dig up about now. This gives me young fibreless root, whereas in a couple of months the last will have a lot of fibre and be less useful but stronger. I should do what Elaine suggests and harvest it all now for freezing. That would require planning and commitment, oh well maybe next year then!

Comment by Lissa on April 17, 2017 at 4:52

That's a very impressive crop Roger :)

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on April 17, 2017 at 1:27

Well I just freeze the raw tubers. Wash and trim, cut up to useable lengths, put inside a ziploc bag, label and freeze. Thawing takes moments, the skin can be removed then if you want. I mostly juice my Turmeric and sometimes use it chopped fine baked/fried with Sweet Potatoes. I never have enough to use it for more dishes.

I do the same with Ginger, the skin comes off with a pull when thawed as indeed does the skin of Tomatoes treated in the same way.

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