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Harvesting My Homegrown Ginger

December 7th, 2011

Remember when I told you that I planted some ginger and then I showed you how great the plant looked earlier this fall? The plants finally died back so I decided it was time to dump out the pot to see what the rhizomes looked like.

I took the pot out on the porch and turned it over onto a piece of kraft paper. The plants were pretty pot-bound, which means I should have had them in a bigger pot.

The rhizomes were about three or five times larger than they were when I planted them and the big roots were about 8 inches long. I decided instead of keeping some of the ginger for eating, I’d replant each plant in it’s own container; the biggest one getting a much bigger pot. I think if I give them a good dose of fertilizer a few times next year I should have a nice big crop of ginger next fall!

I don’t have any belief that I’ll be growing all my own fresh ginger anytime soon, but it is a fun experiment. I’m certainly interested to see how much better these plants grow in a bigger pot and see what my crop will look in another year.

Any new experiments brewing in your garden inside or out?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.