rstewart at zoomtown.com
Sun Oct 23 20:55:01 EDT 2016
We sprout in February. We plant in mid-March. Figure enough rhizomes to properly plant a 96x22 high tunnel. I allow them to set in open air and seal and then place in a 5 gallon bucket. Dense layer with a 2” void in the bottom so none are sitting feet wet. All buckets are on heat mats indoors. Then I water heavily and place plastic over the bucket so the condensation collects and drips back down. Once sprouted I wait till we have several days of warm weather and then plant. They will survive cold snaps even if the greens die back. So long as the soil temp doesn’t go below 50F everything seems to run OK.
I got so tired with sourcing expensive seed stock from long distances and getting shorted that I just buy organic food grade yellow ginger. No difference in quality. Haven’t seen diseases pop up yet. Price is WAY cheaper as well. This next year I think, assuming we can expand our gardens onto a new property, double up again with a low tunnel planting and open air production over summer.
Normally I grow them in a high tunnel, pull them white and pink, strong and fleshy. The goal is to sell something they cannot do well outside the region and ship in. Our price range has topped out at 20/lbs which is where it seems to sit well.
We rotate in two crops over mid-autumn to late winter. We harvest and pull and let sit for a week then amend, till, and replant
We sell to a local brewery for a canned beer. It is their winter seasonal. We sell about 1/2 to them which allows us to get enough out to start planting early autumn normally.
One of our side projects is making vinegar. That is getting close to entering production once our new facility is up and running. On the side, for myself, I take left over ginger and candy it. The left over simple syrup is amazing. I give some to chefs for their pet projects and then the remainder I keep and make a simple wine out of and then acidify.
We have had olds ask us more about Turmeric. We grew about 16 row feet three years ago and had trouble selling it. Which I know sounds crazy, but we did. The problem we had with Turmeric is how much time it needs to spend int he ground. But the time we are harvesting ginger, turmeric is still another month or two out for a decent yield. It starts bulking up LATE.
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> On Oct 23, 2016, at 2:42 PM, Etienne Goyer <etienne at lejardinduvillage.ca> wrote:
> When you say you planted late, when was that? I was planning on
> sprouting on heat mat in early March, and then translant in 5 gallons
> pots in a heated greenhouse in early April, aiming for an harvest around
> this time in October.
> On 16-10-23 10:57 AM, Richard Stewart wrote:
>> We had mixed results. This was my fault though. I planted late. We
>> will still end up harvesting about 200 pounds or so. It should have
>> been twice that which makes me very sad. I wanted to honor our sales to
>> the local brewer first and as we harvest to meet their needs any overage
>> gets sold at market. The late planting also means we are late getting
>> our autumn planting of greens in root crops into he high tunnel. Double
>> dose of the bad news in that regard.
>> Going to have a better strategy in 2017 for getting them in the ground
>> earlier. I was gun shy after two years of polar vortexes hammering us
>> late in winter. Other the a couple frosts in spring, the warming trend
>> began in February and never stopped. Bah on me for not recognizing it.
>> Richard Stewart
>> Carriage House Farm
>> North Bend, Ohio
>> An Ohio Century Farm Est. 1855
>> A Chefs’ Collaborative Member
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>>> On Oct 23, 2016, at 10:31 AM, Mike Rock <mikerock at mhtc.net
>>> <mailto:mikerock at mhtc.net>> wrote:
>>> Well, ginger was a waste of time this year. Late germination, slow
>>> growth and small yields.
>>> Anyone else have better luck? Weird year.
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