Answer: True ginger, Zingiber officinale, is a perennial that grows from a tuberous root. You can purchase roots from the grocery store and plant them just under the soil surface in the springtime. The plants appreciate full sunshine and well-draining soil. The tops will die down in the winter and reappear in the spring. Harvest roots at the end of the summer season. Garlic can be planted now for harvest in early summer. Choose a sunny site, amend the soil with compost or other organic matter, break the cloves apart, and plant them 1-2 inches deep, 2-3 inches apart. Harvest when the leafy tops fall over.
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