Today the first shoots of the ginger plants started to poke through the soil in the glass greenhouse. I can barely contain my excitement! We bought certified organic seed ginger from Hawaii, and I set it up on trays in the house to ‘pre sprout’. On April 4, the ginger pieces were placed in a mix of peat and sand and covered. I watered them, and waited.
About two weeks later, we discovered a bit of a mould problem. We weren’t keeping the house warm enough. We promptly moved them to the glass greenhouse, set the trays on a ‘heat bed’, covered them with old sheets, and waited. In the morning, they were at about 60 F, and in the day they were at 80 F. Today, May 8, I could see the sprouts starting. No sign of mould. Phew! We will let them sprout and leaf out, and then transplant them into a hoop house to let them grow in a nice protected environment. Last year, we grew a small quantity of ginger as an experiment, and it worked very well. Fresh ginger smells amazing, tastes great, and you don’t have to peel it! I even used the shoots in tea.