Ginger and turmeric are two powerful spices that have been used widely throughout history for both culinary and medical purposes. The best part is, you can grow them in your own home!
How To Grow Ginger
Ginger is one of the boldest, most delicious spices you can cook with. Not only is it tasty, but ginger is also packed with health benefits.
For one, ginger can be used to calm nausea. It’s one of the best natural remedies for things like seasickness and pregnancy-related nausea. It’s believed that it may be just as effective as prescription nausea medications.
Ginger also has great anti-inflammatory properties. This is great for fitness buffs who are looking to reduce muscle soreness that comes with exercising. It can also help reduce joint pain and stiffness from conditions like Osteoarthritis. Speaking of reducing pain, it’s also been shown to reduce pain during women’s menstrual cycles just as much as ibuprofen.
Most commonly, ginger is used to treat stomach issues. It speeds up the emptying of the stomach which is beneficial to people who experience discomfort after eating. Ginger is perfect for people who suffer from indigestion.
With so many health benefits, ginger is a super spice that you’ll definitely want to consume daily. Luckily, there are many ways you can add it. It’s perfect for brewing tea, making herbal remedies, or cooking. Plus, the good news is that you can easily grow an endless supply of it indoors.
To grow ginger, you will need to get it from a seed catalog or garden center. Grocery store ginger is sprayed with growth inhibitors, so while it might work, the chances are very low.
You will also need well draining, very rich potting soil. For the pot, use one that is wide and shallow. This is important since ginger roots grow horizontally.
To grow ginger indoors, just follow these simple steps:
- Soak the ginger root overnight.
- Fill your pot with the soil and place your ginger root in it with the eye buds pointing up. Cover the roots with 1-2 inches of soil.
- Water well.
- Place the pot in a reasonably warm area that is shaded from the sun.
- Keep the pot moist with a spray bottle. Ginger grows slowly, and it will take several weeks before you see shoots.
It’s that easy to have an endless supply of ginger! This is the perfect thing to grow inside because of the low maintenance.
Plus, when you cut off a little bit of it to use, the rest of it will keep on growing!
How To Grow Turmeric
Turmeric is a super spice. Many experts believe that turmeric may have over 600 potential preventive and therapeutic applications.
It has both antiseptic and antibacterial properties, which make it great for cleaning and treating wounds. But what makes turmeric so popular is its anti-inflammatory properties that have been studied to rival ibuprofen.
If you find turmeric to be expensive or enjoy growing your own food, keep on reading.
Similar to ginger, turmeric is grown from rhizomes (root cuttings). Turmeric does not propagate seeds. So all you need is one turmeric root which you can find at your local health stores.
To grow turmeric indoors, just follow these simple steps:
- Break a larger rhizome into a small rhizome piece that has two or three buds.
- Fill your pots with rich organic soil, which is lightly moist but well drained.
- Place it about two inches below the surface of the soil, with the buds facing up.
- Water the container.
Turmeric likes water. Keep the soil moist, particularly in hot, dry climates. Try watering it once every 2 days or misting with a spray bottle. If you live in cooler climates, water less frequently. The key here is to keep the soil from ever getting soggy.
Turmeric takes between 8 to 10 months for the edible rhizomes to mature. While the leaves and stems are edible, most people harvest turmeric only for its roots. Most herbs can be harvested throughout the growing season, but turmeric root is best if harvested all at once when mature.
When the rhizomes are large enough, dig up all rhizomes from the pot. They are best if all harvested at once.
Dig up the rhizomes and save a few pieces to plant for the following season. Make sure to change the soil, though, because the original plant probably depleted it of all its nutrients.