Container Gardening To Grow Turmeric

This is Marjory Wildcraft, and in today’s Homesteading Basics, I want to show you a unique container planting system that I use to grow turmeric — one of my favorite home medicines.

This container gardening system is called the Urbin Grower, and it’s a small bed that has a trough bottom for water, creating its own self-watering system.

The thing that I really look for in all my planting systems is that it doesn’t involve electricity, or pumps, or things, ’cause, believe me, that’s just beyond my technical capability.

I’ve been working with this Urbin Grower for several months now, to grow turmeric in it. Turmeric is an amazing medicinal plant. I’m sure you know all about it. Here’s the photo of when I planted this where I just got some turmeric root that I picked up from the grocery store and planted it in here. This is how it’s growing.

I have to say that I love this container. I just checked to make sure that the water is always in the bottom here. That water is a natural moat that keeps ants and other insects out, and it’s also a buffer, so if I’m gone for a week, this planter is going to be fine.

So far, I have to say, if you’re growing in small spaces, on patios, or for those precious plants that you want to have by your house, the Urbin Grower is really working out well for me.

I do want to let you know, I’m going to be doing a whole series on other container gardening systems, so stay tuned for more reviews.

This is Marjory Wildcraft with The Grow Network.

Want to read another article about how to grow turmeric?  Check out Learning to Grow Ginger and Turmeric in the Midwest.


Marjory Wildcraft is an Expedition Leader and Bioneer Blogger with The [Grow] Network, which is an online community that recognizes the wisdom of “homegrown food on every table.” Marjory has been featured as an expert on sustainable living by National Geographic, she is a speaker at Mother Earth News fairs, and is a returning guest on Coast to Coast AM. She is an author of several books, but is best known for her “Grow Your Own Groceries” video series, which is used by more than 300,000 homesteaders, survivalists, universities, and missionary organizations around the world.

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  • Elizabeth says:

    I live in NY State and would love to grow turmeric. Is this out of the question since I’m in growing band 4 and do not have a greenhouse?

    Thank you!

    1. Gary says:

      I’m in zone 6 and trying turmeric and ginger for the first time. You’ll need to start indoors unless you have a heated greenhouse. I started mine first week of Dec. and they are about 3′ tall now and looking great. I believe I read that soil temps need to be fairly warm before setting out but I don’t remember exactly the number mentioned…. 55 or 60 maybe? I plan on either re-potting mine or getting them into the ground once the soil warms up enough into a cold frame (large one obviously) as I do not have a greenhouse. They will winter kill so my plan is to harvest as late as possible and hopefully have enough to use and enough to replant next season.

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  • Christine Buckingham says:

    So what about growing turmeric in a container? No info about that at all. please re-name these container gardening videos to reflect that they are about promoting the specific container not about growing things in them.

    1. blender says:

      totally agree!

  • Sofie says:

    I’m looking for one that is not plastic.

  • Sarah Corson says:

    Thank you! I am going to start it this week! How tall will it grow before the roots are big enough to use? I have grown ginger before here in Alabama in a pot. Now I can do them both. And if you put a slice of ginger and a slice of turmeric root and bring to a boil; then add some lemon juice and honey, you will have a great tasting, health promoting tea!

  • Sandy says:

    My sister-in-law worked at a commercial ginger farm in the Hilo, Hawai’i area for several years. The climate there is very humid, with frequent rainfall and average daytime temps around 70F to 85F and many partly sunny, breezy days. She commented that it grew very well, but soil fungus could become a problem in an especially wet year. I’m wondering if compost tea would help here? How would a container garden circumvent this risk? Also, how many hours of daylight would it require to grow well? How many months from planting the root to harvesting?

  • Millicent says:

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