Questions Answered

The thing in the middle of the bird bath is a water wiggler.

Water Wiggler

Water Wiggler

My reason for purchasing it was to keep the bird bath from freezing but it isn’t great for that. If it’s just a light freeze, it keeps the water from freezing. If it’s a medium freeze, there will be a pretty thick layer of ice but the center doesn’t freeze so I can remove the water wiggler, then pick up the whole sheet of ice and toss it. If it’s a hard freeze . . probably less than about 22º, the entire thing freezes . . water wiggler and all.

It is solar powered so it recharges itself. It does keep the water moving and that helps to keep mosquitoes from hatching in the water.

I recommend it for keeping the mosquito population down and for keeping the water from freezing during light freezes but if you’re looking for something to keep bird baths from freezing during really cold temps, this isn’t going to do it.

The other question — the sweater. Yes, it’s a test knit for Laura Aylor. I will let you know when the pattern is available. Sorry for not providing that info in this morning’s post.

Turmeric and Ginger

You’re probably all familiar with ginger and most of us have used it ground or fresh. We use a lot of fresh ginger, especially since I’ve been on my wonton binge. A while back, I think I mentioned that I had ordered some edible ginger plants. They arrived recently and have been planted and are already showing signs of new growth.

Ginger

Ginger

It isn’t real clear in the picture but there’s new growth shooting up from the dirt and in just several weeks that these plants have been growing, they have quite a bit of new growth.

Greenhouse

Ginger

I’m going to continue growing them in pots so I can put them in the greenhouse during winter. From what I’ve read, I believe the roots will continue to multiply and when I need fresh ginger, I’ll just dig down, grab a piece of the root, break it off and the plant just continues to grow.

Then I got to thinking . . why can’t I plant storebought ginger roots? I googled it and yes, I can! So, I did.

Ginger

Ginger

It’s been over a week and I can barely see a few puffy spots that I think are soon going to be shoots coming out. We’ll see. 

Can you imagine how yummy freshly harvested ginger must taste?

The other day I was in a whole foods type store and they had fresh turmeric. I’m not going to go into it here but turmeric is supposed to have so many health benefits. There are at least two types of turmerics. One is curcuma zedoaria, which has more of a white rhizome, is closer to ginger than the turmeric most of us are familiar with in spices. There’s also curcuma longa, which is dried and ground and sold as the common spice, turmeric, most of us are familiar with. The rhizomes of this one are more of an orange color. I’m pretty sure the ones I bought are the curcuma longa variety but I didn’t want to cut into them.

Turmeric

Turmeric

I didn’t want to cut into them because I wanted to plant them! When I saw them at the store, I thought . . these look like ginger. I’m betting I should be able to plant them just like I did the ginger and they should grow. I bought just these two. They were $19/pound so I didn’t want to get much, though I wish I had bought 4 or 5 instead of 2.

Turmeric

Turmeric

After a quick google search, I learned that yes . . I can plant them exactly as I did the ginger so . . I did. We’ll see what happens with these. My luck, some critter is going to ea them I have them sitting on a table with all my other potted experiments. It could be quite intriguing for a squirrel but I hope not.

Soon, hopefully I’ll have sprouting ginger and turmeric!

Prince Charming Must Be Near

Addie, all dressed in her pink attire and being such a girly girl . . til she found a frog!

Addie and the Frog

Addie and the Frog

She looks like she’s happy with her new friend.

Addie was probably saying “Can we keep him?” and Chad was probably saying “Can we eat him?”

Granny is saying “Did you wash your hands?”  :)

Such a funny little family.