Can I just start by saying that it was actually sunny today? Because this year, the sunshine state we are not. The pouring down every blooming day state, yes. The roof leaking state, yes. And we certainly all have swimming pools in our backyards. All this rain is making me a leetle nutty.
So as my mind thinks of nutty raining things, I am naturally leaning towards plants that can cope with tropical jungle like conditions and nutty owners. And I am hoping that the lovely Thai Ginger fits the bill.
Thai Ginger is also known as galangal and is commonly used in Thai and Indonesian cooking. According to his little ticket TG will grow to 1.5 metres, likes full sun to part shade and also sported the winning blurb, "Once established, requires little maintenance."
So let's get established. I dug, fertilised, watered and mulched. That's established, isn't it? I'm not sure at what point I can start digging up the rhizomes and get cooking, but presumably that's what you do once establishment takes place. Maybe in a year?
I think it looks a lot like a peace lily... I hope I haven't been plant-conned. Presumably when I get cooking I'll be able to tell the difference. Although who knows, it's possible that peace lilies are delicious too.
I love plants that send up those tubey shoots from a rhizome. They seem to be able to take a lot, and once established, there's no getting rid of them. That's my kind of plant.
Apart from being decidedly delicious in soups and whatnot, the rhizome of Thai Ginger is also reputed to have all sorts of medicinal uses. According to the Tropilab Inc website, it can be used to treat anything from bad breath and ulcers to whooping cough and rheumatism.
What's not to love about Thai Ginger?