Let Magic Bloom In Your Garden – Growing Ginger

How would it be if you had this personal kitchen garden where you could grow possibly any and every food or maybe anything you wanted (Yes anything! Not just food…Fictional…hypothetical)…right from pizzas and pastas and brownies to shoes…bags…and perfumes  (Okay I am being ridiculously absurd and idiotic now)…But please just imagine….I mean wouldn’t it be like that the world shrunk to your kitchen garden?

But…now finally talking some sense…that is a just pure crazy…puerile imagination…coming to terms with reality…But it is NOT impossible to grow something as useful and efficient and multi-purpose…prolific as ginger…

Yes! With all the ways it benefits us…be it food…diseases…injuries…anything! Nothing could be better than growing this ‘multi-talented’ spice in the backyard…So every time you need it…just call it…it’ll be there in the backyard reading a newspaper…watching TV…Okay I promise I won’t get ridiculous anymore…So…what I meant to say was…every time you will need it (its needed almost every day for something or the other)…it’ll just be the distance of a few rooms…

Hmm…So here’s what you need to do to grow it in the backyard…

Firstly…before moving ahead…I am sure you now that ginger is an essential ingredient in Asian cooking….So…growing your own is easy and provides an endless supply of ginger for your cooking….You also get an ingredient that is new to most American palates…Ginger Grass…

Ginger grass shoots off the ginger rhizome when you plant it…The grass will grow to be 2 to 4 feet tall at full maturity….In a couple months after planting the ginger…though…you’ll have grass that’s a foot tall…

Remember…Ginger grows outdoors in zones 10 and 11….If you grow it in other zones…you’ll need to bring it inside if temperatures drop below 55 F degrees….The ginger rhizome won’t grow grass in temperatures less than 75 F degrees….Between 55 F and 75 F degrees…the ginger will be in winter dormancy…and the grass will die…Temperatures less than 55 F will damage the ginger rhizome….

Alright…all you need to do to grow your ginger plants is…buy a couple small pieces of ginger root at the store….Look for fat pieces that have small nodes on them…At most… You’ll need a large pot…about 12 inches tall by 12 inches wide…Fill the pot with potting soil mixed with compost….Make sure the potting soil has good drainage because the ginger rhizomes don’t like to sit in wet soil….

 

Then…Place the ginger in 100 F water and let them soak for 8 hours…Plant 3 to 4 pieces of ginger in the pot….Bury them with about an 1/2 inch of soil, with the buds on top…Water regularly…but don’t let the soil get soggy….If the ginger grass turns brown…you may be overwatering….

It can take up to 10 months before you can harvest the ginger…To use it…simply dig up one of rhizomes with the new sprouts…cut off the ginger you want…then bury the rest…The ginger will continue to grow….You can also cut off a larger piece and refrigerate it for use during the week…

And lastly and most importantly…Be sure to clip pieces of the ginger grass to use for cooking or to brew tea….You can do this at any point…so while you’re waiting for your ginger root to grow…use that tasty ginger grass! For tea…steep the leaves in boiling water for five minutes….When using it for cooking…slice it thinly and only cook it briefly…like at the very end of your stir fry….The flavour of the grass is like very mild ginger with a hint of lemon…so it pairs well with almost anything…

Have a look at our reference links…

  1. Ginger Grass Oil by botanical.com
  2. Growing Ginger by eHow
  3. Ginger Grass Essential Oil by bpb