Growing ginger in a food forest

Mark

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I really like this concept of growing ground crops under canopy - they're calling it food forest. In this example the presenter talks about growing ginger as a ground crop under fruit trees but there are many other plants that could be grown underneath fruit trees.

I'm currently experimenting with growing herbs and strawberries under fruit trees in posts and it's going pretty well! This video has given me several ideas for replacing my grassed areas in my orchard with mulch and food crops like ginger, taro, arrowroot, sweet potato, yams, and a zillion other types of suitable plants.

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Janine

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Do you have any videos or info about the flower cycle of ginger or harvesting/growing timelines that I could use here in South Oz please?
 

ClissAT

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Ginger comes from the moist tropics so needs warmth, water & open well aerated soil.
It grows fairly well in sand provided adequate fertilizer of the right type is supplied.
As for your cooler clime, I think you would need to find a microclimate against a north facing wall for it to grow well.
 

Janine

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Ginger comes from the moist tropics so needs warmth, water & open well aerated soil.
It grows fairly well in sand provided adequate fertilizer of the right type is supplied.
As for your cooler clime, I think you would need to find a microclimate against a north facing wall for it to grow well.
Thanks heaps for such a prompt reply but if doesn't quite answer my question so I will keep looking... I do appreciate your time. I live in quite a Mediterranean climate so can add humidity by turning off the sun during a hot day and adding the customary rain we get at harvest time! . Anyway Thanks heaps