The name “gemonhoz” means “a round piece of bread.” Gemonhoz is the first type of German herb garden we will grow. The gemono plant is from the same plant family as ginseng and comes from the same seed. They are both used for medicinal purposes and have been used to detoxify. Ginseng is also used in Chinese medicine and is known for its mental and physical improvements.
This type of gemonhoz has a large number of uses. It is a great source of fiber, calcium, magnesium, potassium, thiamine, niacin, inositol, pantothenic acid, folic acid and inositol. There are many different varieties of geminhozes and each one has it’s own benefits.
Most people who grow these little plants find that they are best planted in a sunny, well lit window. Make sure the window faces east or south west for the best sunlight. Use a well drained soil and add compost to increase the fertility. As the vegetables sprout new leaves, they will continue to use the existing foliage.
Each plant will only produce about three to four shoots. If you wish to get more reminds you can divide and replant. If you want to make the plants more productive you can train them. Hold the children that are growing the gemino ball in their hands and move them around. This exercise will help stretch the roots for greater production.
The best time of year to plant gaming is late summer through early fall. They will produce more if they are given light during the evenings. You should not over feed them. During this time the leaves will start to appear and the root systems will need to be nourished with the food from the food you provide.
The first step to planting gemonhoz in containers is to use a shallow glass or plastic container that has an air tight lid. If you have planted them in the ground you can cover the top with potting soil. Gently pack the soil in tightly so no air can get in. Water the plant daily until the soil starts to drain.
Geminhoz does better in partial shade. Cover the entire plant with potting soil and plant the seedlings in rows about six inches apart. When the first set of leaves appears to move them to the opposite end of the garden. Repeat the procedure for the second set of leaves.
When the plants are fully grown remove the plastic and dig a hole in the soil next to the root ball. Use a sharp spade to dig a small hole and place the plant in. Fill the hole with about half water and press the soil down around the gemonhoz, pushing it down to help keep roots from leaking out. Water the plant every day until the soil is moist enough to avoid standing water. You should see your cucumbers begin to produce within a few months and they will continue to produce as long as you take care of them properly.
You may notice that after the initial searing heat of gemonhoz cooking that the vegetables become a bit soft. This is normal and does not pose a threat to the plant. Just remove the vegetables from the heat source and allow them to cool. Place them in a colander filled with cool water to help with the process of evaporation. This will help the vegetables retain all the vitamins and other beneficial nutrients that the plant would normally get from the sun.
Use a large shallow pan for vegetables and place in a pan with a lid over the gemonhoz along with a couple of large pieces of wooden sticks in the bottom to help support it. Gently bring the pots of gemonhoz to the desired height and place the wooden sticks in the bottom to anchor them. The idea is to have the pots on the ground with the bottom resting on the wooden planks, but not touching the ground. This helps keep the plant from falling over.
During initial start up, it may seem like the vegetables won’t cook quickly. They will, at first, take longer than they will in the coals of a traditional stove. This is normal and the heat will be tamed as the plant uses the soil to begin to break down the cellulose in the soil. As long as the vegetables are in the pots they should not be overworked. If they are overworked, they will burn at the start and burn even faster when exposed to the direct heat of the flames.
As the plant begins to mature, cut away any excess material from the bottom of the pot and use this material to help support the shape of the gemonhoz. Geminhoz looks best when they are all the same size and the shape is consistent throughout the entire pot. If you notice that some vegetables are being cut too short or that some are overbearing and taking over the pot, just re-pot the vegetables until they are in proper proportions.