Sunday, July 12, 2009


One of the nicest things about growing things is that you can give away lots of good stuff. We give away lots of produce, seeds and cuttings to friends and family, and in return we get lots of stuff given to us.

Over at Julie's blog a week or two ago, she wrote recently of her ginger harvest. I thought "Mmmm, I wouldn't mind growing a bit of that", especially when stale ginger is on sale for $15 a kilo.

Well, wouldn't you know it? A work colleague of AM's was telling him how he was pulling up heaps of the stuff that had gone rampant in his garden, and knowing AM is into growing things, would he like some. Answer: YES. Yesterday he delivered enough ginger to fill the back of his station wagon. Here is just one of the clumps:

Now I need to research the best place to put these things. Any ideas out there?

Coincidentally, a friend rang us to ask if we would like some shiraz vines. His backyard just wasn't suitable for grape growing (not enough sun) and he was going to pull six advanced vines out. We already have 100 of the things, but we couldn't let goods vines go to waste, so we've added another six vines to the collection.

Both of our friends were given pumpkins and citrus in return. One of the nicest interpretations of "what goes around, comes around", or karma, or whatever you like to call it...


Sincerely, Emily said...

I am anxious to hear how the ginger works for you. I have a piece that has sprouted on my counter and need to plant it. Somewhere I read I can even plant it in a container, but I think I would rather have it in the ground somewhere. Oh how wonderful to just be able to go out back and dig up a bit when you need it and oh so fresh too. Emily

Paola said...

Hi Emily, I've ended up just planting these clumps in random areas around the garden, so it will be interesting to see how the respective clumps go. It is a bit of a warm weather plant though - is that your area?
BTW you're in the running for my copy of Backyard Farmer.