When I first planted culinary ginger, I knew it was going to be one of those plants that you’re supposed to plant and then leave to its own devices. As a novice back then, I naturally checked it every day and ooh-ed and aah-ed over every new development. After reaching the first harvest, I’ve managed to curb my enthusiasm and leave it be. I guess the fact that I’ve only posted about it once or twice a year should testify to this.
Well, I’ve been doing some tidying up around the garden, and found that the lemongrass had overtaken the main ginger patch. Yes, there were a few ginger stems poking out along the edges, but I figured the rest of it must have died off from lack of light.
Surprisingly, there was more than I anticipated, growing aboveground, perhaps in a quest for more light. I will have to tend to that soon, but have been laid up with the flu, so was not able to do much in the garden this weekend.
The ginger I had been growing in a pot also had a few rhizomes growing above soil level, which I recently took and replanted in the space behind my okra plants. The okra bed had been reinforced with compost prior to planting, and I thought the ginger would appreciate that. From the way the new ginger has been sprouting, I’d say that they like the soil very much! I had broken the rhizomes into smaller pieces with one or two growing buds on each bit, but the rate of growth seems faster than with the previous plants. Interesting. I learn more with each new planting…