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Ginger Seeds is a large-scale, sustainable, indoor farming operation producing 8,000 pounds of fresh, local ginger a month. It includes a commercial kitchen, fully equipped with local foods and herbs, hydroponic set up, and an ergonomic workspace. The team features an experienced design and business team, a creative marketing director, and an expansive production manager, who oversees the shifts and production schedule. Its sustainable farming system is even powered by the sun!Ginger loves humidity: If you have problems with dry air then regular spraying and misting might help. Dry air can cause problems with spider mites. But that’s not a problem for people who try to grow ginger out of its range and indoors. A sheltered, moist spot in a warm climate will provide enough humidity. Towards the end of summer, as the weather starts cooling down, your ginger will start to die back. Reduce the water, even let the ground dry out. This encourages the ginger to form rhizomes. Once all the leaves have died down your ginger is ready for harvest.
In 8months crop is ready for harvesting. For fresh spice purpose, ginger is harvested from 6th month and if it is to be used for processing, then it is harvested after 8 months. Right time for harvesting of ginger is when leaves gets yellow and dry out completely. Remove rhizomes by dugging and after harvesting clean rhizomes by thoroughly washing in water for 2 to 3 times. Then dry them in shades for 2-3days.Baby ginger is quite different from regular store-bought mature ginger for both customers and growers. Mature ginger has a very tough hide and is very potent whereas baby ginger is very tender; people can simply chop and use it without having to peel through a tough skin and fibrous center. Growers should be aware that storage time after harvest is much shorter for baby ginger than it is for mature ginger, which can often last for months if stored properly.
Baby ginger can be stored at room temperature for only about two to three weeks after harvest. Although this limits the market season for baby ginger, it also means competition for the crop is small; the crop cannot be shipped from overseas.Harvest goals drive seed quantities; deciding what you hope to harvest will determine how much seed you’ll need to order. According to Anderson, if you are looking for 160 pounds of harvestable baby ginger, you will need to order and plant about 20 pounds of seed. Although farmers can attempt to save their own seed from season to season, they risk replanting diseased seed to grow next year’s baby ginger crop. For many farmers, it may be more cost effective to invest in new certified organic ginger seed than attempt to save their own seed for replanting. Saving seed comes with the financial burden of keeping the soil above 50 degrees F during the off season in addition to the risk of passing along disease to the next season’s crop, making it unsaleable. “Buying clean ginger seed is like buying an insurance policy,” says Anderson. (Source: rodaleinstitute.org)