Just a few photos of the tropical root vegetables (mainly from the ginger family) that I'm growing to show that I don't just grow weeds.... Actually I have had some success with this kind of crop two years running so I may have found a good spot to grow them. These plants are great as they hardly need any maintenance, save you money (especially the rhizome spices) and give your garden a nice tropical feel. Best of all they are easily grown in polystyrene boxes.
Thai Ginger or Greater Galangal (Alpinia galanga). I've found this one to be the easiest ginger to grow. It has a slightly sweet taste but the rhizomes are a lot more fibrous and smaller than common ginger.
Lesser Galangal (Alpinia officinarum). First time I've grown this - thanks to a kind person (Michael H?) bringing it to a GV. Haven't tasted it yet but this one isn't the culinary one and is meant to have medicinal benefits.
Tumeric (Curcuma longa) grown from a market purchase. Despite the leaf burn these plants are really vigorous. Thought it was caused by some type of mineral deficiency and application of volcanic rock dust and seaweed solution appears to have resolved the problem with the new growth. Lots of health benefits and essential for a curry as a ground spice addition.
Ginger (Zingiber officinale). Not going as well as last year with a similar leaf burn to the Tumeric. Despite an identical application of micro-nutrients the leaves still aren't unrolling as well as they should. Anyone got any ideas why this is happening? Despite this the rhizomes are peeking through the mulch and look good.
West Indian Arrowroot (Maranta arundinacea). Obtained from Lissa and I believe has passed to many BLF members from the single original. This plant is very vigorous despite the competition from Betel and Suriname Spinach. In fact, like mint the container is no barrier for its growth -
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