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Would anyone like to swap some ginger for red galangal? I've been trying to grow ginger but have had no luck trying to sprout store bought ginger. Makes me wonder if it's been treated in some way.

This is the red galangal I have.

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I've had no luck growing ginger either Joseph.

Matt - were you growing the edible one successfully?

I'm soooo sorry... i have neglected this website for a while.. i don't seem to get any alert emails through which means i don't click through to the site..

No i was not successful, mine died on me.. they seem to rot faster than the galangals and tumerics... i'll try again this summer...

Matt if you go to your home page, settings, can choose to have alerts sent to you.

I have to wonder what the people at the Buderim Ginger Factory are doing to keep so much crop alive. I have an old acquaintance works for them, I might ask her but she doesn't have anything to do with the growing.

It's a seasonal crop even for the factory. Not sure when they plant but guess it'd be spring. The tenderest crop is harvested in February and then after that for different grades of root. The factory cleans and processes the roots to a certain point then holds them in brine until they are ready to do the next step. For some reason I don't understand, I have a shoot coming from a piece I planted a while back, it was organic though so spraying with that bud-stop stuff probably explains why I rarely can grow Ginger from conventional roots.

Oh wow! Thanks heaps, now I finally know what that plant is :-) Galangal !!!

I've grown heaps of gingers and turmerics. I started in pots (they need really good drainage and a good feed) but now I've stuck lots of them into the garden. They did very good in the shade and one rhizome even started growing up and out off the pot. They definitely prefer the warmer months but there's a few around my garden that survived the winter, not that QLD has much of a winter hehe.

Go have a look for gingers at northey street markets or nundah farmers market or any organic store.These sprouted a treat (even on the shelf). I never have much luck when trying to sprout supermarket foods :-( 

This pretty much sums it up for me:

Cute video with an important message....but didn't it cause a storm of comments!

You'd have to be pretty silly not to realise that organic vs chemicals is a no brainer.

Certainly agree with you there Lissa! Problem is that all those chemicals (like aspartame) seem to be the cause of "no-brainers", hence certain youtube comments hehehehe.

Thanks for the tip, Jake. Turmeric seems to grow well here, I have heaps now around the yard. All the plants originated from a tiny piece no bigger than the tip of my finger that was planted 3 years ago.

The rhizomes in the photo are greater or Thai galangal, alpinia galangal. Jane is growing the lesser galangal, alpinia officinarum.

I agree re the "no brainer" ;) However, in reality how many people can afford the price of certified organic produce? $8 for a bunch of spinach, wow. I'm not blaming the farmers as they're required by law to comply with some pretty strict standards (which ironically are rather loose in other ways). I feel organic certification has become an extortion process that enriches the associated bodies at the expense of suppliers and growers. With those costs being passed on and the retailer taking its cut, pity the consumer at the end of the food chain.

Pity the consumer indeed! Literally at the "bottom of the food chain". If they only knew what purchase power they posses that could make organic produce dirt cheap. We have to start creating a demand for affordable organic produce and the supply will eventually follow. So there's some hope yet :-) 

Until then I guess we should keep digging for our own organic produce as I'm never paying $17 for a single dragon fruit from the organic store ever again :-P. Wowsers!

Even at Coco's Dragon Fruit can be around $8 and not that fresh, either. If they grow on our plants we eat them otherwise we go without.

Even for fruit? 90% of the vegies are from our garden but fruit is still mostly purchased. A suburban block simply does not have the physical space to grow a variety of fruit trees - not even when there's a large front lawn on offer.

Fruit is the most difficult. Apples and Oranges we buy, no real option for us on the basics. Grow Strawberries and PawPaws mainly and have other fruit as and when. 'Go without' I meant specifically the Dragon Fruit which is not a basic item. Organising the yard in a really intense Permaculture way would have resulted in way more fruitful plants than we have. Too late now.


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