If you want to try growing ginger at home, either inside or outside, here's what you do. Start with a piece of fresh organic ginger. Sometimes, nonorganic commercially grown ginger won't work because it is often treated with chemicals to prevent sprouting. Slice off a one or two inch piece that includes one of the knobby buds. Soak it in a bowl of water for thirty minutes. Put it in a large container filled with good potting soil. Place the piece of gingerroot bud side up a few inches beneath the soil. Keep the soil moist until you see a small sprout poke up through the dirt. This may take six to eight weeks, depending on the amount of light the plant gets, the temperature, the time of year, and whether your container is inside or outside. Once you see a shoot sprouting in the dirt, water the plant when the soil starts to feel a bit dry. Usually, this will be about once a week if your plant is inside. If it is outside, it will depend on how hot it is and how much it rains.
Wait until the plant is at least two or three feet tall before pulling it up to see how the ginger is coming along. The gingerroot will get bigger the taller the plant grows.
Obviously, I won't be going into business selling ginger with this tiny crop. But it's been fun. And now I'm going to the kitchen to make a cup of ginger tea with ginger I grew in my very own house. Here's the recipe:ginger-tea-an-anti-inflammatory-wonder.html
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