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A thirsty plant that loves the warm weather, gin­ger can be grown from pieces of fresh root planted at 15cm in­ter­vals in well-drained, nu­tri­ent-rich soil. Harvest by dig­ging around the plant to cut off older pieces of root, leav­ing fresh pieces to con­tinue grow­ing.


Plant in rich, fer­tile soil in a sunny spot with pro­tec­tion from the wind. Space seeds in blocks, rather than sin­gle rows, 20cm apart. Keep well-wa­tered and harvest in 11-14 weeks, when the silky threads on the cobs turn brown.


Easy to grow ei­ther from seed or ready-to-plant seedlings, po­si­tion each 20cm apart in a sunny spot with some af­ter­noon shade. You may need to pro­vide some pro­tec­tion from birds. For best flavour and to en­cour­age con­tin­u­ous growth, pick leaves as you need them.

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