Grow your own Ginger and Tumeric!

Image 11.jpgPhoto of ginger root growing

Each piece should be plump with well-developed growth buds, or eyes.

I like to soak the ginger rhizome overnight to hasten the growing process. Ditto with the turmeric.

Plant the rhizomes 6 to 8 inches apart, 2 to 4 inches deep, and with the growth buds pointing upward. They can be planted whole or in smaller pieces with a couple of growing buds each. Ginger plants will grow to about 2 to 3 feet tall. Turmeric seems to grow a bit shorter.

Water well but don’t overdo

Do not allow the plants to dry out while they are actively growing during the summer outdoors. (I put mine in a place with dappled sun).

As the weather cools, reduce watering. This will encourage the plants to form underground rhizomes.

Indoors, place in a sunny window and go from there.

Harvest

Ginger and turmeric can be harvested by digging up the entire plant or leaving some of the little side pieces in.

Store fresh ginger and turmeric in the refrigerator or freezer. If left unpeeled, it can keep for up to 3 weeks in refrigeration or up to 6 months frozen.

Good for you!

So many benefits. They’re anti-inflammatory, good for joints and ginger is a tummy soother.

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