So today i harvested my ginger. I kept maybe 5 pieces. The rest that had good roots i replanted to triple next years harvest. It may seem like i didnt get much, so keep in mind i replanted a lot and all the stalks are also edible. First photo is of the roots i kept.
Here they are after i trimmed ofd the stalks and washed them. I still have to process the stalks.
Here's my replanted ginger bed.
What ive learned:
I would let the ginger grow for two years in an indoor greenhouse before harvesting for best results. However, staggering your plantings will allow for all year harvesting.
Also, a veggie scrubber will easily get the dirt off the roots.
Here's the stalks after processing. I will dice, dehydrate, and blend into a powder.
This amount filled a five tier dehydrator.
@RadioAngel this is fabulous. Did you use supermarket ginger to grow your ginger, or buy it especially for growing?
@GwenfarsGarden I bought two or three pieces of store bought and used it to replicate and fill the ginger bed.
@GwenfarsGarden just regular ginger from the produce aisle. This entire project was just a 'i wonder if that will work experiment'. 😊
@RadioAngel that's excellent - I'll try this, though probably should wait until next Spring now.
@GwenfarsGarden You dont want the ginger anywhere under 70 degrees. But if you have a way to regulate it. Like planting indoors and moving later, that will work fine.
@RadioAngel ok, maybe not then. I didn't realise it needed to be that warm. Darn
@GwenfarsGarden Yea, it's a tropical plant. I've had it at 60 degrees before they sprouted but it's risky.
@raye @GwenfarsGarden Yeah, I keep humidity levels in my indoor greenhouse at around 50%. All I do is water the plants and keep tabs on the humidity level. (I have a digital sensor for humidity and temperature.) Basil and other kitchen herbs will grow fine under those conditions too. So it's not a big deal.
@RadioAngel @raye The only place I could possibly put them is where my little hydroponics kit is. And the hydroponics is going well so I want to keep that up. Plus, I'm trying to avoid using any heat lamps/lights and grow only what suits my environment. I'm guessing Missouri is a much hotter and humid place so more suited.
@RadioAngel looks nice! How did you get started? Simply buring stock ginger from the supermarket, or is there more to it?
@lenzgr That's pretty much it. I broke it into a few pieces, planted it, and watered it weekly for 10 months.
@RadioAngel any tips for caring for the pre-sprouted planted roots? The last time I tried this they waterlogged and rotted :(
@nerdsorrow i use a clear rubbermaid tub so i can see how much water is collecting versus evaporating. Watering once a week is best. I think i used maybe 4 cups of water or so once a week at first and moved up to half a gallon once a week once the stalks were establishing.
@nerdsorrow you just wanna coat the very top layer where the roots are. When they are sprouting.
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