After the war ended in Vietnam, food was scarce and the rations per family were limited. Everyone who could, did grow their own food to supplement the small rations that were provided. It becomes something that sticks with you, and I can totally get that. My mum and dad, where ever they went provided for themselves in every way and taught us to do the same. It also taught us to really appreciate what nature could provide us.
|You can easily grow approximately 1kg (2 ounces) of ginger per pot|
|Growing your own ginger even in limited space is so easy!|
Growing our own food is something my brothers and I all enjoy doing, now for pleasure and not so much out of necessity as our parents did. My parents fled Vietnam (I was 6 months old and my brothers were 3 & 6) early in 1979, we made it to Tanjung Uban refugee camp in Indonesia where we later on met up with my grandmother. She gave my oldest brother some seeds wrapped in a piece of paper and told him to keep it safe, so when we arrive at our final destination we could plant it and start providing for ourselves.
We were granted refugee status after 6 months and the options were America or Australia, my oldest brother had heard about Sydney and requested we go to Australia, we were so so lucky and blessed as the intake to Australia was much much less than any other destination. We were flown by Qantas to Sydney and my brother brought the seeds with him (so sorry Australian customs, we didn't know!!). We arrived to East Hills Hostel and my mum thought she was in heaven. We had beds, food, clothes provided by the Smith family and most of all she knew we would all be safe.
My brother planted the seeds at the front of the hostel. I asked him about it recently and he said for him, it was such a big moment, it provided a sense of belonging and finally feeling settled. I have a 6yo now, and I can't imagine ever taking him through such a journey.
There are so many good reasons to grow your own food, I hope my short story can inspire you to pickup up a pot, throw in some dirt and grow something! Growing your own ginger is so easy, anyone can do it so long as you are living somewhere warm and sunny and even if you have limited space, you can still grow it in a pot!
This is what dad does every beginning of spring:
Every knob you see in this piece of ginger has at least 1 eye (except for the broken part on the left)
I hope you enjoyed this post! Lots of love, May <3