After watching a gardening show on TV (Gardening Australia) I decided it was time to snoop around my ginger.
The presenter warned that when the leaves start to die, it’s time to harvest. And if you leave your ginger in the ground for too long, it gets tough and woody. My problem is I don’t really need to harvest ginger – or, more accurately I am more interested in a huge crop during summer (which is apparently not when you’re supposed to harvest it, but that’s when I need it for my ginger beer) than in bits now, in winter.
I believe (not a lot of experience here so I can’t be sure) that I should leave this batch alone for at least one year to let it get really established then I can harvest when I want, just taking what I need. The other option would to go for a big winter harvest, freezing my surplus, and planting back what looks ready to grow. Maybe I’ll try that next year? A side benefit of leaving the ginger untouched is that ginger only flowers when it’s at least 2 years old.
And, because it was on a hot sale (500g $5) I bought a bunch more ginger and plan to plant that out as well (best time to plant in Sydney is October to December – oh well, it’s sink or swim for this batch).