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25 September 2021
Weekend Reading and Home
21 September 2021
How to grow ginger
- Buy ginger to plant from either your local plant nursery or look for healthy ginger, preferably with green buds or small shoots, at the market. If you buy a big piece, you can cut it into smaller 3 - 5 cm pieces to plant out.
- The best pot is a wide pot that isn't too tall. I use an old baby bath (see photo below) and it's the ideal size. Place the pot in a sunny spot out of the wind
- Fill the pot with good quality potting mix, NOT garden soil, with some compost or old cow manure added.
- Plant with the bud or shoot up, about about 2 inches deep and 6 inches apart. Water in well. Keep an eye on them until the ginger send up shoots and don't let them dry out. Water about 3 - 4 times a week in a hot climate and less in a colder place.
- Fertilise every two weeks with a weak liquid fertiliser such as homemade comfrey fertiliser, an organic liquid or seaweed solution.
- They'll be ready to harvest when the shoots are about 3 feet/1 metre tall and they begin to die back. Harvest the entire plant and cut off a few pieces to replant for your followup crop. Do that straight away.
18 September 2021
Weekend Reading, Garden, Hanno's birthday
11 September 2021
Weekend Reading, Gardening and Baking
4 September 2021
Weekend Reading, Housework and Cleaning
We had a busy week, not because we had a lot to do but the things we did took their own sweet time. It's not easy getting old and the amount of time I take now to do "normal" things frustrates me. I did click and collect for my groceries which helped a lot and the week turned out to be a bit of cleaning, a trip to Ikea and gardening. I was really grateful to my son Kerry who came over and dug a hole for a rose to be planted and did some weeding. Not the most exciting thing for him to do on his days off but I appreciated it a lot. Thanks Kerry! Yesterday, grandma Donna and I had another Zoom chat. That 90 minutes went so fast! We've got a lot in common and I enjoy discussing all aspects of homes and homemaking with her.
I had a couple of things to return to Ikea and while we were there I picked up some dishcloths, tea towels and silicone bowl covers. We were in and out in record time and drove home well before I expected to.
I added the new cloths and tea towels to my stash after they'd been cleaned and dried. Later on in the week I soaked the old cloths because some had small stains on them. Most came out well but two cloths and two tea towels had to be boiled on the stove with Disan added. I left them in the saucepan until they'd cooled down a bit and was very pleased as every stain was gone.
This is the rose I planted as a bare rooted stick in July. I'll train it up the trellis now so it will be a feature of the garden you can easily see from the house.
I hope you have a lovely weekend too and do things that make you happy. Thank you for being here today and for your visits to my IG page. 😊
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