However, ginger grows at this time of year firm and strong, accumulating at its roots this renewing energy of the sun and lending to those who consume it this energetic engine that drives metabolism, expands immunity, clears the airways and scents the body of. inside out. This root also lends an unparalleled flavour to everyday dishes, from pumpkin puree to lemon juice, pineapple jam, roast chicken to soy sauce, it adds colour to the flavours.
Ginger is a vigorous plant to have in large pots ( best when it is wide-mouthed squares ) in the garden. It grows in long ridges, distanced from each other. The ideal is to plant it in 1.40m spaces, necessary to make the successive heaps during its growth ( I will explain later ).
A piece of the rhizome is placed, which is nothing but a root (articulated and fat full of nutrients) with the shoots, diagonally to the furrow from which the new leaves will emerge. Each rhizome should be 20 cm apart so that the leaves are born perpendicularly without intertwining, making cultural treatment difficult.
Then cover the piece of rhizome with 5 to 10 cm of well-fertilized soil mixed with organic extract, as the ginger root is light and delicate, so you need rich soil with good moisture content but not too much accumulation. Water. So if your soil is clayey, add a good amount of sand and mulch to it to make it softer and more permeable.
Soil preparation should take place three months before planting to obtain a pH between 5.5 and 6.5. When the soil is prepared, fertilization should be carried out by placing 700 gm per meter of the furrow and successively during the pile-up procedures, 500 gm of organic fertilizer at 90, 120, 150, and 180 days.
Ginger cultivation calls for constant watering, as soil fertility levels decrease as the roots develop and water takes nutrients away. For this reason, with each mulching procedure, the operation of regrouping the soil over the roots, the placement of the fertilizer is very important. Ginger can be combined with the marigold, also known as tagetes, to prevent the presence of nematodes (worms) in the soil and to keep the strips between the crops covered and their quality. As the tagete cycle ends (120 days) it will be time to proceed with the second and third heaps.
The harvesting point of ginger occurs when the leaves begin to yellow and the buds too. When gently removing the roots from the soil, wash them with water to remove the soil and let them dry in a covered area for two days. From this moment on, ginger can be consumed. Its properties to lessen cough and hoarseness are now more active.
As the weeks go by, the root dries out and loses vitality, being exposed to fungus and rot if not well stored. It is recommended to keep it in a refrigerator at 13º C. From the third week, with these same rhizomes, it is possible to start another cultivation cycle. However, it is not recommended to plant it in the same place, as the root demands a lot of soil. An alternation of crops or green manure are indicated, as well as resting the soil.
Now that you know how to take care of ginger, you can go ahead and prepare the soil to grow it and harvest it next year to make your mullet taste more than special!
And once you know the secrets of growing ginger, you can also take care of plants in the same family ( Zingiberaceae ), such as turmeric or turmeric, Alpinia Rubra, Alpinia nutans, marsh lily ( Hedychium coronarium) and sugarcane. marsh ( Costu spicatus ), illustrated in the photographs below.
They are all ornamental plants of high aesthetic and ecological value. They attract butterflies and hummingbirds and grow smoothly on tropical land when grown on sandy, seafront and small streams or waterfalls. These are plants that provide soil protection because their leaves are large and bulky, reducing the impact of water droplets on the soil. They can help contain slopes when eroded, are highly prized and provide cut flowers and ornamental compositions.