How To Grow Your Own Ginger
Spring is the perfect time to start planning your herb garden. Ginger (or Zingiber Officinale) is a great addition to any garden, given its many health benefits, wonderful aroma, and versatility in cooking. Grow some fresh ginger as a flavorful addition to many dishes and beverages, such as Asian cuisine, ginger ale, or candied ginger.
Why Should I Grow Ginger?
Ginger is a root plant that has been used for over 2000 years in traditional Chinese medicine. Not only is ginger easy to grow, it’s rewarding and fun! It’s a flowering ornamental plant, so it makes a pretty addition to the garden while its root is used for cooking and medicinal purposes.
Health Benefits of Ginger
Ginger is well-known for its stomach-settling properties, beating motion sickness, nausea, gas, diarrhea, and IBS. What you may not have known is that ginger has also been used by some clinicians in the treatment of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, menstrual cramps, infections, coughing, migraines, and bronchitis. You can even rub fresh ginger juice directly onto your skin to treat burns.
The secret to a healthier life has been hiding under our nose: Ginger.
Many cultures have long considered ginger to be the ‘secret to a healthier life’. For centuries, people around the world have been using it to not only spice up cuisine, but also for its perceived health benefits. As a fibrous root, ginger can be difficult to incorporate into your everyday life, which is why we created Ginger Shots.
How to Grow Ginger
What You’ll Need:
- Ginger root
- Well-draining soil
- Plan to plant your ginger in early Spring, preferably after the last spring frost. You will also want to choose a spot in the shade.
- Cut the ginger root into small pieces (cutting off the “fingers”) with gardening shears if you’re planning on growing more than one ginger plant. Try to get an eye on each piece and aim for each piece of the root to be at least an inch long.
- Combine a good-quality gardening soil with an equal amount of compost.
- Plant the ginger pieces in a shallow trench, making sure not to bury them more than an inch deep. Place the pieces approximately one square foot apart.
- Water the ginger thoroughly. Continue to water the soil if it starts to dry out. Don’t let the soil become soggy as it could cause rot.
- Harvest the ginger after the plant matures, usually 8-10 months after planting.
Things to Keep in Mind
- Ginger does not do well in cold temperatures or direct sunlight.
- Ginger thrives in loose, well-drained soil.
- It is fine if you see the roots coming up through the soil as the plant grows.
Share the fun
Friends don’t let friends garden alone. Thankfully Ginger Shots and all your social media friends are here for you! Feel free to share pictures of your ginger-growing progress with us on Facebook or Instagram and we’ll repost them … and who knows – maybe you’ll be our next organic ginger supplier!
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