Today I am doing something very exiting, planting ginger. I love ginger because it is herb or spice or just natural remedy used for 1000 years. One of the nation appreciate natural healing benefits are Chines and Japanese cultures. I am using ginger for tea, cooking and stimulate my stomach to produce just right amount of acid. Since I use ginger my metabolism and digestion improve as well. Ginger root is like potato growing underground and don't mind to be crowded or restrict to small space to grow. And yes perfect for pots for your conservatory or indoors. Lets get started then.You will need....
1) Good quality compost. Any compost is good but remember Ginger like loads of organic material and then more richer compost is better, your own compost will be fantastic.
2) Size of pot fitting your window sill or conservatory. I got medium size of planter fitting my kitchen window. Any size will be fine you just need adapt your ginger root size to make sure that fits planter nicely and there is the room to grow.
3) You need to purchase your ginger root. Usually supermarkets treat ginger with chemical to stop sprouting because of ginger shelvelife You may be lucky and find batch that wasn't treated like me or you can purchase organic ginger online. There is plenty websites offer ginger but price wary. life
4) Look out for these little buds, they are sprouts and from this bulb will shoot come out. Sometimes you can find ginger witch is very dry, don't use that one for planting just because you not going to be successful. This ginger root I brought in Tesco store all ready with buds. If I am lucky you can be..
5) Fill pot to 3/4 of moist but not wet compost, if compost is moist you not going to need water your pot for few days and ginger will be happy just absorb moist and get ready shoots.
6) Place your ginger in to the pot ideally with shoots pointing up if not just make sure that shoots not pointing to the ground otherwise you will wait for your ginger to sprout for ages. Press gently in to the soil. Don't press soil down after you fill planter you want to make it as easy as possible for ginger to sprout and establish new roots.
7) Spring compost lightly after positioning your ginger, don't put too much soil on top. Keep it airy to make sure that ginger get some air and sun shine. It will speed sprouting.
8) Place it on your window sill and lightly spray a little bit of water make top soil nice and moist. Use planter bowl because you will water your ginger from the bottom not from the top. Now you set up and we will wait for shoots. Hope this make you so exited because I am lol.
Once shoots are out make sure you water regularly but do not flood it. Form fist shoot it take up to 8 months till your fist harvest. Do not replant your ginger to bigger pot, ginger doesn't like change. You can harvested ginger early but flavor will be little bit week but if you don't like strong ginger flavor harvested early. also you don't need to harvest whole plant just snap off bits you need and ginger will regrow.
How much I pay>
19cm pot from B&Q 0.80 pounds
planter bowl from B&Q 0.82 pounds
Compost - left over from previous purchase
Ginger root 1.50 from Tesco
TOTAL> 3.12 pounds again BARGAIN
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