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How to grow your own ginger

Updated on June 19, 2013

Growing your own ginger is easier than you think!

We use SO much ginger, for juicing and in cooking, it's odd really that I never thought about growing before this year!

I am a big gardener and have tried to grow many things, but for some reason I guess I just assumed that it would be too difficult to grow - but not so!

It can be grown in containers for easy harvesting or outside in the garden. Let me show you how!

(All photos by me, unless linked elsewhere)

The 'how-to' bit.

I have grown lots of things in containers. Tomatoes are easy and I love growing potatoes and carrots in those big white buckets. For potatoes and carrots it works great because they are all in there and you don't need to worry about missing any at harvest time!

So, when I learned that I could indeed grow ginger myself (why did I never think of that before?), I was keen to try because we use it daily.

It wasn't fussy at all (as I assumed it would be for some reason), I just cut off a bit that was already getting a green sprout on it, and stuck it in the dirt!

Well, I did read a bit about it from somebody's blog. The one thing that stuck in my mind was that they don't fancy full sun or cold temperatures, so I started mine inside. I popped my piece into an old clay planter I had handy, watered it and waited. It was nearly two weeks before I saw the green leaf come up, but wow, it was pretty exciting!

I love the look of the ginger leaf, it's so artistic(as you can tell by the million shots I took of it!), like a paint brush stroke. And this thing grows so fast, nearly an inch a day! I have it in the SW corner of the room, not in any direct sun, but with lots of natural light.

I have not planted mine outside yet, because we are still having some nearly freezing nights up here on the mountain, and honestly, I am quite enjoying the look of this slender plant.

It does like to be damp, but other than that it is really low maintenance.

I will be planting more in the next month and will report back, but in the meantime I found some great videos. I especially like the one from Australia about 'harvesting'! If the promise of that bounty doesn't get your heart racing, nothing will!

My next adventure will be garlic! I long to have a twisty braid of it hanging in my kitchen!

My ginger at two weeks

Once that green peaks through it grows really fast! To encourage root growth, cover that green bit with more soil. The video below talks more about that process.

I grow plants for many reasons: to please my eye or to please my soul, to challenge the elements or to challenge my patience, for novelty or for nostalgia, but mostly for the joy in seeing them grow.

David Hobson

Grow bag ginger - I am really keen to try this next.

Buckets, buckets and more buckets! - (And some grow bags too!)

If you are into up-cycling and recycling, sometimes you can ask for the big 10 gallon ones often at local restaurants or you can even use plastic garbage bins! ** But don't forget to put nail holes in the bottom of the buckets though so the water can drain out, else you may end up with a ginger swimming pool!

So simple to start!

Check your gardening 'Zone'

The 'hardiness map' breaks down the continent into 'zones'. This allows you to know which plants will thrive in your area and which may not.

Read more about rhizome reproduction - Click on the photo to read more!

So many great videos, this one is for Turmeric as well

Books! - I know 'everything is online' .....

...but I am still a 'hold-them-in-your-hand' book lover, gardening and recipe books! Yes please!

Don't Throw It, Grow It!: 68 windowsill plants from kitchen scraps
Don't Throw It, Grow It!: 68 windowsill plants from kitchen scraps

This one looks really interesting and reminds me of when I was a kid trying to grow an avocado tree from a pit!


An exciting harvest, I hope my gets this big!

After the harvest

The Old Farmer's Almanac

I love buying this every year, it has so much information from tide tables to planting charts and recipes.

How about you?

Have you grown ginger before? If yes, please let us know about it in the comments section!

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There is just nothing better than fresh, juicy ginger in juice and recipes

We go through so much ginger in a week - we use it in juice almost every day and in Asian cooking, gingerbread, and my Mother In Law always use to put a slice in her tea!

Microplane 40020 Classic Zester/Grater
Microplane 40020 Classic Zester/Grater

This is a must have for ginger! We have gone through about 3 of these over the years. We use it for ginger, lemon and lime zest and parmesan cheese.


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