Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Journal March 24, 2015 - Planting from the produce section of the market
While poking through the produce section of an upscale health food store yesterday, I came across yellow Kahili ginger at a few cents under ten dollars a pound! Frugal as I am I purchased two small roots, with obvious buds showing, for a grand total of seventy cents. At another market, I purchased a similar larger root of plain old ginger, for about the same cost.
The roots were soaked in water overnight and I planted them today in the same well draining soil mix that I use for olives, as ginger needs the same type of soil.
Yellow ginger is a LARGE plant, four to eight feet, so I will not be growing it to completion. My purpose is to harvest and use the rhizome, using some and replanting some.
Yellow ginger has a very attractive flower, so people are selling rhizomes on eBay for $8.95 for a root, exactly the same as I bought for less than a dollar. It is considered an invasive species in Hawaii, so the state frequently destroys plants in state parks. Go figure, ten dollars a pound in New York, garbage in Hawaii.
The bird in the photo is a turkey vulture, who dropped in this morning to clean up the remains of an unfortunate squirrel struck by a car. These birds are a fairly recent addition to our area, I would say in the last fifteen years or so, however, I am not sure their arrival has anything to do with climate change.
Judging from the photo, it appears one of his buddies pooped all over him, but being a vulture he is probably loving it. It is most likely a form of endearment with vultures: poop on me and I'll love you forever...