A Typical Growing Season

This year we estimate we have:
completed 62 hours of hand weeding, fertilising, and general cleaning
used less than 2 litres of fuel to grow the entire crop
used 23,000 litres of water during the drought.

We plant in August after the soil has been prepared. We like to source some organic fertilisers at that point and then we pray for a little rain. While we could bore you with minute details, we thought a picture was worth a thousand words so here is our typical growing season.

John planting the "mothers" and a few rhizomes.

This is John planting what we call the “mothers” which are interspersed with rhizomes.

Liz after planting - she is filling in the rows.

Here is Liz after planting – she is now filling in the rows where the turmeric has been planted.

Black soil.

We have been blessed with beautiful alluvial soil on the block

The turmeric usually appears around early November. Some plants appear in late October but the bulk appear throughout November.

We do all we can to keep the block clean but in summer this really takes its toll. Here is John having a little rest after we cleaned the block.

And soon you have a wonderful crop but don’t underestimate the weeding, the watering and the many little prayers for rain

We pride ourselves on keeping the block tidy but despite this we still managed to see a snake or two.

In July the crop starts to die off above ground. The leaves turn brown around the edges and then eventually go completely brown while still standing,

If you wait a while the foliage will eventually just collapse. At that stage the leaf separates from the rhizome quite easily and the crop is ready for harvest.

And, of course, we get to harvest the crop.