Sprouting Ginger

Skeleton Trees

Emerging Bulbs

It is very definitely still Winter. The trees are still skeletons against the cold sky. Some are  swaddled in warm green Ivy, others the wispy shroud of last year’s Galium. But if you stop for a moment, you can see life emerging. Along the seemingly bare twigs, tiny buds peek out. Under sheltered hedges, bulbs poke up through the leaf litter. Soon the snowdrops will be flowering and the Beech hedge will throw off its auburn cloak to make way for the fresh green leaves of Spring.

Sprouting Ginger!

Meanwhile, in the kitchen, my winter supply of warming ginger is also forming hopeful new buds. Might it be possible to grow my own? Let’s find out…

I have a clipping from Grow Your Magazine which says…

“Plant a ginger rhizome in a pot, keep it on a warm windowsill and you’ll soon have a leafy plant. After a period of strong growth, turn out, harvest some rhizomes and chop or grate to make tea”

This seems entirely too easy but a helpful gardening forum also says yes, advising to soak the rhizome first to help remove any growth inhibitor in shop bought ginger. They also point me to this website which is a bit more realistic about my chances in a temperate climate. Google then guides me to Craftsy and a free pdf download with succinct and practical advice. So, I’m off to soak my sprouting rhizomes and find a suitable (and beautiful) pot.

Let the Ginger adventure begin…