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Locally Grown Ginseng

By Kate Medley, February 5, 2011  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Kate Medley
Trading in ginseng is a family tradition for Larry Harding.  His grandfather was a ginseng dealer, and, as a boy, Larry would forage for wild ginseng with his father along western Maryland’s Upper Youghiogheny River.  Today, he grows ginseng in 80 acres of shaded forest beside his home.
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Victoria says ...
Larry, great interview! Love the capsules and the tincture - will be contacting you soon for more tincture. Vikki
02/15/2011 12:24:26 AM CST
Teresa Kavanagh says ...
Hi interested in your ginseng,do you export?I live in Ireland ,love your profile and what you are doing. Regards, Teresa Kavanagh
02/10/2011 11:59:15 AM CST
henryjclark says ...
i am a juicer and i would like to try jucing some fresh ginseng root along with an orange a piece of pineapple six strawberries one cup of blueberries one banana an a piece of ginger.what do you think of that drink o by the two table spoons of honney. fair well have bless day henry
02/12/2011 10:46:47 AM CST
Eatmore Toadstools says ...
Several years ago I thought I would be the country's first urban ginseng gardener, with the idea that I might eventually buy some land in areas that are more hospitable to the plant. I visited Larry's operation and he was most generous with his time and willingness to explain his operation. Subsequently, I ordered both seeds and rootlets from him. The DC area is within the plant's native range, but the topsoil in most yards is simply not deep enough for good growth. Critters, bugs and fungus also feast on the leaves. I have had 7-8 plants come up about three years in a row, but the leaves and sometimes the roots are gone by August. I tried pots, but what the critters didn't dig up got fungal diseases. I thought I had one in the shade, but I miscalculated, and it died. I don't know if any will come up this spring. One thing I learned through this process is that being an absentee farmer probably wouldn't get me much of a return on investment. I also bought some goldenseal roots and seeds from Larry. It's a much easier plant to grow in an urban environment as long as it has mostly shade, which is usually easy to create. It doesn't taste good (it's medicine, not food), which might be why most other living things leave it alone. Even though I have had little success in growing ginseng, I would highly recommend Larry's products. It is also a pleasure to do business with him. I do not know if he still has the time to show novice wannabes the ropes, but I sure enjoyed that afternoon on his farm.
02/16/2011 6:15:52 PM CST
Maryfitz9 says ...
Hi, I've been taking ginseng for a while, but the best one I've found is Ginsavit. 100% natural korean ginseng root. Worth a try!
06/27/2011 2:48:50 PM CDT
yamei says ...
good
03/08/2013 3:42:48 PM CST
Jay says ...
How will the quality differ being that it's grown here compared to it being grown at the point of origin. Won't climate play a part in it strength?
05/15/2013 11:38:54 AM CDT