Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Turmeric Atop a Concrete Slab

Here's some photos of my turmeric patch growing in 6 inches of garden soil atop a solid concrete slab. After I had already done it, I was told that it couldn't be done. I'll tell you tomorrow how it is done. 

This turmeric patch is doing the best of all my turmeric gardens. The spot has had very fresh additions of manure/compost, is kept constantly mulched with grass clippings that are refreshed monthly, gets dappled sun with late afternoon shade. The ground stays moist. This year we've had almost daily light rain, which might have helped. 

The patch is 324 square feet. The soil depth is no more than 6 inches, less in a few spots. Inspite of the shallow soil, the turmeric is thriving. That black vertical stick in the photo is a hoe handle that's 4 1/2 foot long. That's gives you an idea of how tall the plants are......mostly 3 1/3 to 4 foot tall. 

The plants are lush, robust, green, well leaved, and all bloomed. They are not ready yet for harvesting, but I'm eager to see how the crop turns out. It will be at least another month or two before harvest. 


  1. So that's what turmeric looks like. Very attractive, but if it like a moist soil I'd probably have a hard time keeping it happy during our summers. Still, it seems like it would be a very useful thing to grow.

  2. Turmeric is a long season crop, I don't know if it would grow well outside of a tropical area. I wonder if it could be a houseplant?