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Growing Ginger
October 20, 2012
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CATRAY44
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Have any of my Forum Friends tried growing ginger? This looks like a great winter project!
http://www.learn2grow.com/gardeningguides/edibles/herbs/GrowYourOwnGinger.aspx

October 21, 2012
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I just saw this too Catray and knew I'd have to try it!  It says it reaches peak flavor at 265 days... that's not going to happen in northern Ohio, but peak doesn't mean only, just that it may not have as intense a flavor if you harvest it early.  I'm not sure when I can plant it so I can keep it growing till I can transplant it in the spring.  Does look fun and interesting though.

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October 21, 2012
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Well!  Isn't that great info to have!!  And it appears to be soooo easy to do.  Will definitely be trying this method.

We do have wild ginger in our woods.  I even have some growing in a dark spot close to the house.  It does have yellowish-green (with purplish veins) flowers, but you have look very carefully for them.  The roots smell just like ginger from the grocery store, but they are not big and bulbous.  And I have been hesitant to use it in cooking.

Wonder how many of us will now be adding ginger to our gardens next year!  I have a great spot for it.

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October 21, 2012
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265 days? By the time it is ready to harvest I will have forgotten all about planting it.laugh

October 21, 2012
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laugh  You speak the truth there, Miss Judy!  That's why I am looking at a spot very near my back door where it will be easy to water and difficult to forget.  Teehee.

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October 22, 2012
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Pete:

The ginger used in cooking is the rhizome of the plant Zingiber officinale. This plant family includes turmeric, cardamom, and galangal.
     [Zingiber officinale produces white and pink flower buds that bloom into yellow flowers. 
     The plant is reed-like, with leafy stems. A full-grown plant can reach 3 to 4 feet tall.]

European wild ginger is Asarum europaeum, also called Asarabacca, European Wild Ginger, Hazelwort, and Wild Spikenard. This plant is a ground cover useful in shady areas. The name "wild ginger" comes from the fact that the rhizomes of its eastern North American cousin, Asarum canadense, were once harvested as a ginger substitute.
     [European wild ginger produces glossy, evergreen leaves about 3 inches in diameter
     on 5-inch stalks. Leaves are rounded and kidney-shaped. The brown flowers form
     at the plant's base--under the leaves--making the flowers somewhat difficult to find.]

Considering the availability of Zingiber officinale, I'm not sure I'd chance eating wild ginger root. 

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October 22, 2012
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I did a little more looking around... It Is suggested for colder areas, to use containers for growing ginger, so the plant can be moved in and out of doors. This article gives some good instruction.
http://www.gardenguides.com/91085-grow-ginger-plants-containers.html

October 22, 2012
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I used to grow ginger in big pots, but the current cats like to lay in the pots and use them for less pleasant purposes so this year we're trying out a baby ginger technique that I read about for the hoophouse -- our season's too short here, even in the hoophouse, for the full season greenhouse but the baby ginger's pretty and pretty tasty. That's the stage I always harvested it at in the pots anyway, so I'm interested in any techniques that'll provide more and that'll defeat the cats. I have two varieties of ginger plus tumeric growing out there still. It's supposed to need a lot of water and fertilizer but events this year led to it being somewhat neglected. It's still growing though and the one clump I lifted yesterday to check had a nice sized bulb. I'll report back after we dig them, which will be somewhere around Nov. 1.

October 22, 2012
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Hah!  Great minds working together here - was looking at a wonderful bucket container we did at the retreat, thinking that it might be just the ticket for growing ginger.  Then dismissed the idea because the root development for ginger probably doesn't need that much bucket!  So, there may be a smaller, at least shorter, version in our future just for ginger.  Oh, that does sound nice.

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