How To Grow Turmeric

How To Grow Turmeric

It has taken me a couple of years learning how to grow turmeric. It probably took me this long because I didn’t bother finding anything about how it grows or the best way to grow it. So if you are thinking of growing turmeric for its health benefits here are a couple of tips to help you on your way.

How to Grow Turmeric Tip No 1.

Turmeric SproutingIn the image you can see knobs of turmeric that have been sitting in a container on the bench or in a bucket in the laundry. You can see them all sprouting. So my first tip is wait for the turmeric to sprout before planting.

You can still eat the turmeric, just break off the green shoots and use it the way you always do. Must admit I have difficulty breaking off the green shoots. It’s the same when I need to thin seedlings. Always hard to throw them away.

Growing Turmeric in a sub-tropical Zone

Turmeric is a like weed in Brisbane. It will grow anywhere. It loves the heat and the rain. My garden is a raised bed so the turmeric never gets wet feet, but because I have a drip system throughout my garden it also gets watered well. Raised beds can dry out a lot quicker than a normal garden as raising it above ground level gives more surface area for the water to evaporate from. Especially in the dry weather from May to November.

When I peel the turmeric to put in my meusli, I throw all the peelings and little knobs I break off into the bin I have for scraps to go to the compost pile. I was quite amazed to see turmeric shooting up from various areas in the garden that I had re-composted. I pulled them out and found that they were growing from practically nothing. It was the peels and small knobs that were sprouting.

How to Grow Turmeric Tip No 2.

Turmeric in Little PotsDon’t be kind to it. See the turmeric in the small pots. I harvested the turmeric in about June. Then broke off some knobs and looked after it every day until December when it finally decided it was time to sprout. What a waste of effort. All I had to do was throw some pieces in a container in the shed and wait for them to sprout.

Once they sprout, then place them in the ground. How hard is that.

How to Grow Turmeric Tip No 3.

Turmeric From FridgeDon’t store turmeric in the fridge. It turns bitter. I thought I was being really smart. I reckoned I had enough turmeric to get me through from the time I dug it up, I started in April by pinching some from one of the clumps. I kept doing this until June and then dug all of the rest up.

I had about thirty kilos of turmeric and thought that this would last me until April until I could start bandicooting the next season crop. When it started to shoot in late November, I decided to gather up about four kilos that hadn’t started shooting, wrap in newspaper and store it in the crisper in the fridge.

Turmeric in Your Muesli

Turmeric in MuesliThe picture shows the orange turmeric in the meusli. It is home made meusli with oats, sultanas, a couple of varieties of nuts and home made yoghurt. Does it make me feel any better. Not sure about that. I’ve grown to like the taste of it in my breakfast though.

And I have never been as regular. So I reckon something’s working. It could be any of the variables though, the oats, turmeric or the yoghurt.

Yoghurt and Muesli

Home Made Youghurt

The yoghurt you see on top of the muesli is home made. If you missed the home page, there is a video there showing you how to make your own yoghurt. It is simple and costs just over a dollar per litre. The biggest cost is the milk.

How to Grow Turmeric Tip No 4.

Turmeric Part HarvestYou don’t need green thumbs. It’s a weed. Turmeric will grow anywhere in a sub-tropical to tropical environment. It might need some TLC in colder climates, but from what I have seen of its growing capabilities it will still give you a crop over the summer. There are many uses for turmeric, look them up on the net. But if you would like to try it for health benefits, have a go it will surprise you and repay you.

This is from one of three wheelbarrow loads harvested.

 

Moringa Oleifera The Answer To World Hunger?

Moringa Oleifera The Answer To World Hunger?

My moringa oleifera cutting came from Rob Bob’s Backyard Farm & Aquaponics. I happened to meet RobBob just before Christmas. If you don’t know RobBob, he’s a bit of a YouTube legend and a good bloke as well.

He was good enough to let me have a cutting from a moringa oleifera tree that he was growing in a root pouch in the backyard.

Growing Moringa Oleifera From Seed

Many years ago I purchased some Moringa seeds from an overseas organization that, from memory was trying to eliminate world hunger by growing moringas. They were determined that the moringa was capabale of achieving their aim.

I was never able to sprout any of the seeds, but I’m thinking that trying to strike a few cuttings should lead to a good result. Here’s hoping as I would like to see what comes of this little experiment.

Moringa Oleifera Cuttings

The picture to the right was taken on 19 December 2017 just after I had cut up the branch RobBob had de-limbed for me with a great little Pocket Boy pruning saw. The link will show you other uses for the saw.

I read that you should dry the cuttings for a few days before planting. That was after I had planted them. Like most of the information on the internet, you have to try it yourself before you believe it. So I decided to leave them in and see what happened. The image at the top of the post was taken on 11 January 2018 and you can see that one of the sticks has sprouted leaves.

Another two of the sticks have also sprouted. One has done it from the bottom and another one from the top. It looks like these are bursting with life and want to grow anywhere in a sub-tropical environment.

Three Moringa Oleifera Cuttings Have Struck

I just went out today 2nd Feb 18 and took these piccies. You can see two of the larger cuttings in with the watermelons have taken quite well and are growing at a rate of knots. The larger cutting of the two (middle image) has sprouted mainly from the base. The first one to sprout (left image) is going really well and is now pushing branches from the base as well as the top. The cutting among the pineapples only recently sprouted.

Health Benefits of Moringa Oleifera

If you would like to learn a little bit more about moringa then I think this is the website I found about fifteen years ago when I purchased some seeds. It looks a bit more professional that it did back then. http://moringatrees.org/

There are some amazing claims about the health benefits of moringa. The list below is from https://miracletrees.org/

  • Moringa tree possesses unique nutritional qualities that hold promise to millions of impoverished communities around the world those lack in many nutritional supplements such as protein, minerals, and vitamins.
  • Moringa Tree leaves are an excellent source of protein that can be rarely found in any other herbs and green leafy vegetables. 100 g of fresh raw Moringa Tree leaves provide 9.8 g of protein or about 17.5{cd07be7979728a86b172d4c3c193ee8254293b2598ced4c874c66a7b3dbba444} of daily-required levels. Dry, powdered Moringa oleifera indeed are a much-concentrated source of many quality amino acids.
  • Fresh Moringa Tree pods and seeds are a good source of oleic acid, a health-benefiting monounsaturated fat. Moringa tree as high-quality oilseed crop can be grown alternatively to improve nutrition levels of populations in many drought-prone regions of Africa and Asia.
  • Fresh Moringa Tree leaves and growing tips of Moringa are the richest source of vitamin A. 100 g of Moringa oleifera fresh leaves 7564 IU or 252{cd07be7979728a86b172d4c3c193ee8254293b2598ced4c874c66a7b3dbba444} of daily-required levels. Vitamin A is one of the fat-soluble anti-oxidant offering several benefits, including mucus membrane repair, maintenance of skin integrity, vision, and immunity.
  • Fresh Moringa Tree pods and leaves are excellent sources of vitamin-C. 100 g of Moringa Tree pods contain 145 µg or 235{cd07be7979728a86b172d4c3c193ee8254293b2598ced4c874c66a7b3dbba444} of daily-required levels of vitamin C. 100 g of greens provide 51.7 µg or 86{cd07be7979728a86b172d4c3c193ee8254293b2598ced4c874c66a7b3dbba444} of daily-recommended intake values of this vitamin. Research studies have shown that consumption of fruits/vegetables rich in vitamin C helps the body develop immunity against infectious agents, and scavenge harmful oxygen-free radicals from the body.
  • The Moringa tree greens as well as pods also contain good amounts of many vital B-complex vitamins such as folates,vitamin-B6 (pyridoxine), thiamin (vitamin B-1), riboflavin, pantothenic acid, and niacin. Much of these vitamin functions as co-enzymes in carbohydrate, protein, and fat metabolism.
  • Furthermore, Moringa tree leaves are one of the fine sources of minerals like calcium, iron, copper, manganese,zinc, selenium, and magnesium. Iron alleviates anemia. Calcium is required for bone strengthening. Zinc plays a vital role in hair-growth, spermatogenesis, and skin health.

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