During the last wet season I simply forgot about the turmeric, and then when I did venture down the scary forest path I saw that it was leaning drunkenly over and I thought maybe it was planted too shallowly. I added a bit more compost around the base, but realized that might make the rhizomes too wet. This weekend I began to dig around the area and discovered that in fact some of the rhizomes were a little soft and pulpy. I dug out a large bit and am moving that into the "perennial" bed in the vegetable garden. Besides being more convenient to harvest I can also see the wonderful flowers easier. Here you can see what I dug up. Look at all those cool mycellium strands - that means I have good soil :)
The perennial bed started out with 4 asparagus, but the crown alongside the paw paw died, so I just have a row of three asparagus crowns. Behind it I popped in some galangal which has done well, and next to that, my clump of lemon grass. So now I have added turmeric to my little spice corner. I hope the asparagus doesn't feel as though it is being crowded out. I also have one purple asparagus that grew from seed (out of a pkg of 8 seeds!) I will plant that out and maybe if any other asparagus pop up I could have two rows of asparagus, with the exotic spice section behind it.
I think this weekend I will try and cook a tasty meal using galangal, lemon grass, ginger and turmeric. Maybe Thai chicken soup, although that doesn't use any turmeric. Turmeric has lots of health benefits, and I might try making some turmeric and ginger tea as well. It is good for diabetes, preventing Alzheimer, reducing inflammation - in fact it is the new wonder drug! Growing right in my backyard!