I love ginger. The only way I could love it more is if I grew it myself.
And you *can*! and it’s really easy.
There are all the reasons ginger is good for you.
Which might be why I love it so much. It helps with migraines. It helps with nausea and motility issues. It also has broader anti-inflammatory compounds. Now, I can’t say whether I fell in love with the flavor, or whether I learned that it helped me feel better and, well, I latched on to that and acquired a taste for it. Either way, I generally steep ginger tea for myself on a daily basis, and use it regularly in my cooking.
So last year I realized how easy it was to grow ginger.
First, let a piece of ginger get old enough that you get those points that look like they’re about to sprout. That’s good news.
Then cut one-inch chunks. Let them dry out at least one day on the counter so they don’t mold.
Plant in large pots and cover with 2 inches of well-drained soil.
And 2 weeks or so later, you’ve got sprouts! They grow until the temps drop down to 55 degrees, then you need to harvest or take the plants inside.
Water regularly, and the plants are pretty happy.
At some point, there will be enough ginger root to snag a piece or two to harvest. You can feel around to see how much is there…it depends on the weather.