I decided at some point over the winter that I wanted to try growing ginger. So I went to the store and got some fresh ginger (in the spring) from the grocery store. I cut it into pieces and planted it in a pot full of potting soil. I watered. And watered. And watered some more until I FINALLY saw some shoots. The shoots, since I'm blogging about this all sorts of late, are now about a foot tall and look (I think) very similar to bamboo. But hopefully they'll produce some nice ginger pieces for cooking.
I also decided to try growing sweet potatoes, which meant that I needed to get slips. I opted to buy a potato from Whole Foods, sliced off the bottom and put it in a jar of water. The slips started sprouting almost immediately. As the sprouts came off the potato I planted them in the garden. Of course, the problem is that it's been so freaking hot that if I forget to water the slips every 12 hours for the first week they're out in the garden then they just crisp up and die.
Now then, all I need to do is try growing some crocus for saffron, right?