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It may surprise you, but the spicy, soothing ginger root is something you can grow for yourself in your garden. If you’re in Zones 7 or higher (approximately Maryland south) you can grow ginger in a herb garden, but even if you’re up here in the Northeast you can cultivate it indoors or in a greenhouse.
Ginger grown in the garden likes thick compost and partial shade. It does not tolerate frost, so plant indoors or after last danger of frosting. Start ginger from a section of root at least two inches long, with at least one bud or sprout on it. The root should be dried for a few days before planting, and planted about an inch deep. Water sparingly, and if potted keep in a warm spot with partial or full shade. An indoor potted ginger needs approximately a 14″ round pot, depending on how many nodes are…
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