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Posted: 02/11/2014 at 20:42

Pete. That's a shame you didn't have much luck with yours - tropical plants do seem to be a little bit more tricky for UK growers. Perhaps I'll strike lucky,


Posted: 02/11/2014 at 20:40

Daintiness that link is fantastic!  I'd tried searching the web but hadn't found one anywhere as clear as that. Thank you ever so! It looks like you wait for the leaves to die down so my little pot of inefficient kitchen goodies gets a stay of execution for a few weeks as it's looking very vibrant (it lives in the greenhouse) at the moment.

(We don't actually use ginger very much in our cooking - in fact I can only think of it in our German Christmas biscuits! But now I've learnt it isn't space hungry and seems to survive when neglected I'm definitely going to grow it for a few more years and see how it develops).

Poppy mystery

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 18:08

My poppies are making a beautiful display at the moment! 


Posted: 02/11/2014 at 18:06

Thank you Philippa.

I'm aware that in terms of the practical side of stocking my cupboard homegrown ginger isn't the sensible way to go. But in terms of the pot of mud currently sat in my greenhouse with a potential ginger root in it I'd be terribly grateful for some advice on HOW to harvest - should I be letting it dry out before I lift it, does it need time to dry out before we consume it...


Posted: 02/11/2014 at 17:54

WelshOnion - it was definitely a "curiosity and 50p price tag" that led to my buying it rather than any ideas of it being my saviour in self sufficiency. It is that naive young concept of enjoying learning where things come from that is the reason between a lot of the plants in the garden and although time and physical restrictions would no doubt muchly prefer the option of growing up taking the easy & practical way out I do end up devoting far too much resources to those that take my fancy.


Hallowe'en Party 31 Oct in The Log Cabin, Verdun's Garden

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 17:30

Had a good rummage around the cab and alas no spare change Verdun. But if you ever need those windows washimg you just get in touch!


Posted: 02/11/2014 at 17:24

In my bargain bin rummaging around Homebase early this summer I found a rather bashed and heavily reduced "grow your own ginger". Well curiosity got the better of me and since then its been in a pot in the greenhouse. The label has since been lost and with the cooler nights I'm considering lifting the roots to see what has happened (about 30cm of green growth up top). Should I stop watering it completely and be waiting for it to wilt?

Also - If we have anything under the soil is it possible to harvest and then save some for planting next spring or is it better to start afresh?

Stacey & her chilli bits

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 16:55

Hey Stacey! Glad your chillies have produced a good harvest! I've run out of people to give chilli goodie bags too! Looking forward to hearing more about these amazeballs sauces!


Posted: 02/11/2014 at 08:27

Rather moist here but we're off to the national coal mining museum today as a treat so I don't mind everything getting a good wash down. It was 14'C when I got home from work last night (around midnight) - no wonder my strawberries are flowering! 

Favourite garden task?

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 00:02

Planting seeds. I like the potential much more than when they start to grow! (Alas weeding and digging just infuriate my spinal weaknesses).

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