rofl Charron - settle down It was good there - very much a medittereanean (sp?) food based culture based on the community, well 20 years ago. But the Almond trees have long since gone - the grapevines do remain (I believe they are "heritage listed" vines so cannot be torn down for housing), on my last visit home 2 years ago anyway. (BTW I didn't spend the first 30 years of my life camped on a median strip - I just re-read that and it looked silly.)
Planted some garlic cloves which where too small for cooking (to me)- you know, the inner ones which cling to the big ones you want so you end up tossing the clingers - , and they are sprouting beautifully along with the rosemary. Wil leave them a good 9-12 motnhs before harvesting some. When I've done that before they've come up as single clove/bulbs, very tasty, just different from the norm. Heaps of moisture in them too. I've been told I need to leave them longer than the 3-4 months I gave them last time to end up with the multi-cloved bulbs.
What I would also like to do is plant ginger - I love the stuff. Will try and look up how to.
Anyone here had success with it? Long process as far as what I have found out so far....
Hey, also planted mange tout (sweet/snow peas) from packaged seed, they have gone crazy out of control. Ok yes, to translate, they are growing very well, I must train them up onto a trellis. It has taken only 3 weeks to get them to have a lot of greenery and the mange tout are about half size now. Very tempted to try some, but will be patient and let them mature a touch more.
So you wanna grow some gingah ayh mate (I have to work on that accent)
Well, ginger is similar to ginseng as they are both arboreal plants (they both love shade) and both seem to grow in similar areas.
I have a friend in Saskatchewan who diversified his crops to include ginseng and I helped him with his first planting seven years ago last fall and subsequently, helped him harvest his first crop last fall.
What I can tell you is that they like shade and well composted, rich soil which drains well. They hate direct sun, being watterlogged, and frost.
I have grown ginger in containers at home and all I ever do is buy some rhizomes (ginger root) at my local supermarket that are nice and fresh with lots of 'eyes' just like a potato has so to speak. The fresher, the better and springtime is best as it will trigger active growth in the rhizomes...err ginger root.
Break the thumbs into pieces that contain at least three eyes (this works for me) just like pieces of seed potato and plant about 4" below the surface of the soil, eyes facing up.
I have found that if you have the conditions right you can pretty well ignore them for the next year until harvest time.
Finley Peter Dunne
Finley Peter Dunne