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Ginger thread:

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.

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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.

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Here's the stalks after processing. I will dice, dehydrate, and blend into a powder.

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@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'. šŸ˜Š

@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.

@GwenfarsGarden @RadioAngel I've been watching videos of market farmers growing it in greenhouses, and they still heat it and drape it with plastic to boost the humidity, it really wants a hard tropical environment to thrive.

@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 I don't think I can give it that environment. Oh well, I can't grow everything!

@GwenfarsGarden @raye It can be difficult. I just happened to get lucky with perfect conditions most of the year. I live in Missouri and my garage can get pretty hot. The only temperature control I use is in the winter.

@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.

@GwenfarsGarden @raye Yeah in the summer it's in the high 90's to 105 degrees with humidity, severe storms, and flash floods. Winter however can be the exact opposite with temperatures that have plunged to north pole temps at times.

@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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