Grow Your Own Ginger

Nothing like fresh ginger in you’re morning green juice, herbal tea or turmeric latte. Although ginger can be sometimes ridiculously expensive, its also ridiculously easy to grow if your located within the right climate and yes Ginger is brilliant for containers on a warm balcony. A must try edible plant, thats also looks fantastic!

 

Ginger is a root crop. It doesn’t produce seeds, which is fine because all you need to grow ginger are some fresh rhizomes (literally some organic ginger) with living “eyes” on them. The eyes are growth buds from which the green shoots grow.

What are the steps to planting ginger? 

Just take them and plant them right into the soil if you live in a warm area, or into a big pot if you don’t. Then, wait. It sometimes takes a long time for ginger to send up shoots. The timing depends on the warmth of the soil, so if you plant when conditions are warm, you might see ginger in a few months. The best time to plant ginger in the ground is in late spring, as the soil has just started to heat up.

Ginger does best in semi-shade in warm climates and full sun in cold climates.  Plant rhizomes with buds facing upward in loose, preferably high in organic matter moist soil that drains well, it doesn’t need to be planted deep, just 2-4 inches deep in the ground or potting mix with just enough soil to cover the surface of the ginger.

Once your ginger has been planted, make sure you keep the soil damp, and don’t allow the soil to dry out completely. You will also need to monitor for drainage and adjusting your watering so your newly planted rhizome soil doesn’t become water logged which could result in your rhizome rotting.

Once the green shoots appear and this can take up to 4 months, then it’s a matter or monitoring, watering and occasionally feeding your ginger with an organic fertiliser, your ginger will grow up to 1m tall in which case you can begin to harvest the young roots which will have a mid-flavour or wait until it reaches maturity to get a much more stronger taste.

How does one grow ginger in a pot?

Growing ginger in pots is easy and great if space is a problem, It also doesn’t require direct sunlight and it mostly takes care of itself. It likes moist soil with good drainage, so the rhizome doesn’t rot and prefers semi-shade unless you’re in cold climate in which case it does best in full sun. With just a few pots, growing a year’s worth of ginger is possible.

Can you grow ginger indoors?

Most defiantly, since ginger is a tropical plant it likes the more humid spots indoors like steamy bathrooms or kitchens, just make sure that when indoors it’s receiving as much light as possible and if you can occasionally give it a holiday outdoors, so it receives much more direct sunlight. Ginger grown indoors is much milder and this related to the amount of sunlight is receives.

How long does it take to grow ginger before you can eat it?

It takes anywhere from 3-5 months to see shots appearing from you ginger and this is subject to the warmth of the soil, and an additional 4 months for the rhizomes (ginger root) to start developing. In all your ginger will be planted in spring, grow through summer and early autumn, this is when you will start to see your plant die back just in time for late autumn to early winter harvest.

Can you grow ginger in cold weather? What about hot weather?

Ginger originated in Southeast Asia, and like most tropical plants naturally prefers warmer weather, humidity and rich soil high in organic matter. It can definitely grow in cold weather as long as it not subjected to frost which can damage the rhizome, strong winds or poorly drained soil.If this is the case and your live-in areas that reach 5 degrees during spring to autumn, then your best to grow ginger in pots so they can be moved around to make the most of sunlight availability. 

In climates with frost, ginger is normally planted in early spring so that it can be harvested by May when the foliage starts to die back. Luckily for most of us in Australia our winter is considered mild, allowing for rhizomes to be left in the ground where they stay dormant until spring.

If your climate is hot and dry then your best to plant your ginger in the shade, making sure you keep the soil moist, so the ginger doesn’t dry out.  

How do you harvest ginger and how do you know its ready?

Ginger grown in pots should also be divided or harvested when the pot is full, normally 8–10 months after planting. To harvest, remove the leaf stalks and either tip out the whole contents of the pot or dig them out with your hands.  

If planted in a garden bed or in the ground, it’s a matter of watching, as the temperature cools, the foliage dies back naturally, indicating a good time to harvest. This happens right “on schedule,” for winter, as ginger is mature for harvest about eight months after planting.

 

Get The Gardening Glow

 

With almost 67 per cent of Australians living in our capital cities, we’re one of the most highly urbanised countries in the world. Considering the day-to-day stresses or urban living, traffic, overcrowding and simply not enough time – this means up to 16 million of us could benefit from the physical and mental advantages provided by gardening.

Whether it’s a sprawling veggie patch in the backyard, a flowerbed in a small courtyard, a window box or even a community garden space, almost anyone can achieve a gardening glow. 

Gardening is a great workout, It not only works all those major muscle groups, it burns calories as well. Also, gardening improves the mood almost instantly, so it’s fantastic for the soul.

The Fitness Factor

Forget about working hard in the gym or building up a sweat on the treadmill, gardening is just as good as a workout, if not better. Prolonged light exercise such as gardening can burn more calories than a gym session, despite being much easier to do.

Stress Relief

Gardening can increase life satisfaction, reduce and promote recovery from stress, enhance self-esteem and reduce feelings of depression and fatigue. Ask any gardener and almost all will insist that they feel better after getting their hands dirty in the soil. An activity like gardening gives you something to celebrate and care about. When you’ve tended and grown something it gives you a sense of purpose and pride, which in turn make you feel good about yourself.

Mood Enchasing

Having flowers in and around your home not only looks beautiful, they also have amazing health benefits, such as reducing stress and depression. Flowers increase positive energies and soothe and relax the soul. Plants in the home also increase energy levels and vitality. 

Immunity Boost

We often avoid getting our hands dirty but there are health benefits to be gained from exposure to soil. We need to be 100 per cent hygienic but we don’t need to be 100 per cent dirt or germ-free because our immune system needs something to spar with.

Air Quality

Plants have been shown to absorb and degrade all types of urban air pollutants, thereby reducing air pollutants, thereby reducing air pollution levels. We have a vital need for constant connections with plants for cleaner air, so gardening time is vital. Spending just 15 to 20 minutes each day in the garden can also improve sleep quality because breathing fresh air stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system in the brain, which is responsible for relaxation.

 

Garden Motivation

 

Do you have a small urban garden?

Do you want to transform it into a exciting, contempoary space?

As a city dweller I know all to well the premium paid for a property with a garden, so I can access to my very own ‘garden’ or ‘retreat’. And if your like me your have every intention in making sure it always looks great, lush and neat so you can enjoy the space.

Unfortunately those great intensions soon become disillusioned with the notion of it being “to hard”, “it’s to much work” and “i don’t have time”, and just like that your space is neglected.

I see it all the time, balconies and both front and back yards that have been forgotten with the sighn of every intention to start with a few grouped plants still sitting in their nursery plastic container, left to one side. What a waste of space and money and those poor plants…..left just about abandoned.

Any outdoor space is an urban environment, an invaluable place to create an outdoor extension to your home, and creating a lovely garden (edible or not) does not need or required a horticulturalist or a landscape designer, just the occasional plant inspection, monthly feed and depending on your climate the weekly water which can be done with your morning latte in hand.

And you never know you might just have a natural green thumb or it can lease to a new passionate interest that can become so much more and even change the way you eat with home grown edibles at your door step.