Harvesting ginger

Ginger Selfy

Phil’s bumper ginger harvest – grown from just one small 2cm peice

I must say, my ginger harvest this year is nothing short of sensational. I’m enjoying massive returns with very little effort. That’s the fun in growing ginger; you can just bang a little piece in the ground, then stand back and let it multiply. 4-5 months later you’ve got a nice plump rhizome ready to pull out of the ground.

You don’t need to be too fussy about where you plant it either. It grows just as well in full sun and dappled light. Whenever I have a piece leftover, I dig a hole in my ornamental garden and drop it in. It looks great amongst foliage plants. I normally plant a few pieces in a pot too, and it makes an attractive pot plant for a deck or patio.

This year I decided to get a little more serious about my ginger growing and reserved a row in my vegetable garden where the soil is particularly fertile. I also gave the crop a dressing of pelletised chicken manure once every 6 weeks or so. Ginger can cope with periods of dry, so I often ignore it, but this year I made sure to give them a regular deep soaking whenever the soil dried out. It certainly paid off because my rhizomes have grown 2-3 times bigger than they have in previous years.

If you love ginger and you’ve never grown it before, you really should give it a go, even if you live in a cooler climate… just find a hot spot in your garden or try growing it in a pot in front of a sunny wall. The time to plant is mid-spring and you can harvest at the end of summer. Check out my video below for more growing tips.

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