Earlier this year, we read a blog post about growing your own ginger (and other crops, from food scraps), and had to try it.
My husband, sometime in the late spring, bought a large hand of ginger and planted it (not cutting it up first) and planted it in a large pot, with where leaves would grow from pointing up.
It took a long time to germinate, and we were discouraged. Perhaps, we should have cut the hand apart. But finally, we had little sprouts coming up. Then, in May, my friend who lives in Brooklyn gave us several tiny tomato seedlings, and into the pot they went. And then some volunteer basil joined the party.
this was our ginger pot. (the ginger is the tall, broad leaves).
Last Saturday, a hard freeze threatened the following day, so it was time to harvest the ginger.
We thought maybe we would have a little handful of immature gingers, which look like this.
Not bad, for an area where ginger "can't be grown to maturity because it won't mature in our short season". We figured we got a $10 harvest from around a $2. investment. As to the immature ginger, it runs about $12.00 a pound at the farmers market.
Our shocking harvest could be beginner's luck. Or it could be because it was in a pot on our porch, where the soil temperature would reach 80 degrees consistently before our ground would.
Want a recipe for candied ginger? Try this one. Or zucchini ginger bread?
Our own ginger certainly came in handy last weekend, when I accidentally got myself motion sick while viewing Google Maps. (Don't ask). I slowly chewed some of the raw ginger, and it helped a lot.
Next year, we are thinking of two pots. One, we would harvest in
September for the baby ginger we have grown to like. The other, we'll
keep going until a freeze.
Have you grown something that "wasn't supposed to grow" where you live?