Growing ginger is surprisingly easy, but on hindsight, I should have planted them individually or in a wider pot to allow the roots to grow more.
Fellow gardener, Ms. Pek Nyuk in our Facebook gardening group ( https://www.facebook.com/groups/866039746800973/) , recommended to start planting them in shallow soil depth in wide pot and then top up with soil as they grow.
This store bought ginger was cut into 4 parts, each part with the “eye” and planted with it facing upwards. Although there were eight buds on this ginger that could be separated and plant, gardeners also recommend not to do so as smaller parts would not have enough energy to grow a good yield.
Another example of the “eye” –
The picture below showed my newly planted shoot on 16 July 2018. One per pot this time! 🙂
Some were re-planted in outdoor bigger pots. We planted them like this, cut side in soil with the shoot facing upward.
In previous pot, my ginger were small because there was no room to grow further..
Thus we harvested early, on July 15 (only 5 months) instead of waiting another four months for them to mature. The leaves had started to brown. These plants will not be able to grow well remaining in this small pot.
This is how we harvested our ginger.
A soothing brew of ginger tea for cool days!
Turmeric Ginger is grown in the same way. We started our own plants in May 2018 to treat eczema rashes by applying grated pulp (and juice) with black pepper. This application work almost instantaneously to stop the itch and inflammation and has no burn on skin. Thus, should be comfortable for young children as well.
It is sometimes called yellow ginger because this ginger juice stained everything yellow! We use turmeric in curries and even with seasoning of seafood.
Apply directly on skin to treat inflammation and itch and find instant relief. It does not come any fresher than home harvest and with my own ginger, I know there is no pesticide.
We learned our lesson after our first harvest in small pot on July 15 2018. Next round in bigger deeper pot yield a better harvest. No matter the size, fresh ginger smell and taste much better than anything bought in stores!
Look how amazingly juicy is our freshly harvested ginger! We are addicted to home grown harvest more than ever now.