Few years ago I experimented with growing ginger using ginger rhizome I purchased from the health food store. It grew but the yield was poor, decided it was not possible to grow ginger in the Hudson Valley due to our short growing season so gave up.
Recently I received a gift of freshly dug ginger rhizome with roots attached so decided to give it another try.
I planted the entire piece of rhizome with the roots attached, in a 12 x 12 x 9½ container and watered lightly. Keeping it indoor until the weather is warm enough to move outdoor.
The plan is to grow the ginger in the container and break off pieces of the rhizome as needed for cooking. In the fall when the leaves turn brown and the plant goes dormant bring the container with the ginger indoor, store in the basement (making sure the soil stays moist) and in the spring it will regrow. Well, that’s what I am hoping will happen. Planning (or I should say will try) to keep records of its progress. Shall keep you posted.
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Trying a few new items in the garden this year one of which is celery.
The instruction on the package says to soak the seeds for 24 hours. But the seeds are very tiny (the size of a pin head as illustrated in above photo) I thought it would be very difficult to handle the soaked seeds so decided to plant the unsoaked seeds and soak the sowed cell pack for 24 hours then drain. Will this work? I hope so if not I just have to start over.
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Also started lettuce, broccoli, kohlrabi, collard, bok choy and napa cabbage. I am starting these much earlier than I did previous years and only a few of each for the purpose of experiment to see which crop does well and which does not and whether it is worth the effort.
These seedlings will be transferred into window boxes or containers and because of their portability, depending on weather conditions, I can move them in and out of the garage if needed. I know you are thinking: “Norma lacks a life.”
I will start another batch of seeds later for transplanting into the garden.
New this year:
Johnny’s Hybrid Pac Choi, win-win choi F1, 52 days
Johnny’s Hybrid Chinese Cabbage, minuet F1, 48 days
Pinetree Hybrid Broccoli, gypsy F1, 57 days
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Containers below are leeks, left and spinach, right.
The leeks are for transplanting into the garden, the spinach may be transplanted into the garden or window boxes.
The Kookaburra spinach is new for me this year, it is a variety that is highly resistant to downy mildew. The seeds were gift from Mary N who is planting this variety for the first time this year and wanted me to try it also, thanks Mary.
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Starting my spring carrots indoors and hopefully my garden will dry out when the seedlings are ready.
Am going to make a real effort to record the progress so I can answer Mary N’s question: “How long were the carrots growing under lights to reach the bigger size?” (comment she left on my post of 2/22/15).
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Did you notice that the pH is listed on the back of Johnny’s vegetables seed package under CULTURE?
If you do not order from Johnny’s but would like to know the pH requirements for a certain vegetable go to their web site and type in the name of the vegetable. The pH for most but not all is listed.
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