Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Container Gardening Series: Harvesting Turmeric

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I have three of these turmeric plants in my container garden here in Pasig, and two in Montalban. This one is now the biggest (in terms of leaves) here in Pasig. All from kitchen scrap - leftovers that were too dry to use but I still took a chance in planting them and hoped they survived. Surprisingly, they did survive and are now thriving.

I want to plant more but as I've said before, limited space at our 5th floor unit in Pasig and we rarely visit our Montalban home. Our Pateros home has my brother with his own mini veggie and fruit garden plus poultry farm (just a few chickens and I think ducks).

So I chose quality instead of quantity. Using the best garden soil which I mix with carbonized rice hulls, coco peat and vermicasts - the only stuff I buy since I can't make soil out of used stuff unless I do vermicompost or composts which takes a long time to produce and requires dedicated containers.

I just use recycled plastic containers from mineral water, biscuit, cooking oil, and other food grade. (since they are lightweight and can be reused unlike those heavy clay pots that break, or cans that rusts). They also lessens the trash that I have to dispose. This container is from a powder mix health drink.

Paano ba malalaman when to harvest your turmeric?

Your turmeric is ready to harvest when the leaves and stem start to turn brown and dry, about seven to 10 months after planting.  Therefore this turmeric is still too young and healthy to harvest.

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