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Ginger!

Discussion in 'Edible Gardening' started by Fat Controller, Aug 5, 2018.

  1. Fat Controller

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    I have a couple of bits of ginger in the kitchen (we bought too much) which have sprouted - clearly, it wants to grow, and I am inclined to accommodate it. I have some pots spare, and some compost, so is it just a case of sinking the root bit into the compost and leaving the sprout above?

    I assume it will want a lot of space in the pot to grow more of a root that can subsequently be harvested?
     
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      pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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      I've tried it in the past, it grows ok but needs heat and sunshine to do well.
      Personally, other than for ornamental value or just to see how it grows, :blue thumb: it's much easier to just buy it.:smile:
       
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        Hi @Fat Controller, @pete - yes it is so cheap to buy... but FRESH ginger has an amazing lemon overtone that even the one you buy in a chinese supermarket doesn't have. So worth an occasional try.
         
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          We freeze whole ginger roots and then grate some off to add to dishes. It makes it last longer.
           
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            I made some marmalade a while back, thought it would be a good idea to add some ginger.
            I was surprised that even after boiling it down with the other ingredients it was still slightly fibrous in the mix.
            Although the added flavour was good, the fibres were a bit of a downer, seemed like hairs.:frown:
             
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              I've tried growing ginger in the past and it grew into quite a good sized plant but never actually achieved any ginger root:scratch:
               
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                I'm going to give it a go for no other reason than I can - - worst case, I will have a pot at the back of the living room with a plant in it over winter :)
                 
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