If you've got a bit of ginger root leftover don't relegate it to the back of the fridge! Pop it in a pot of soil and you'll have fresh ginger whenever you want.
It's super easy, the main thing is to get yourself organic ginger to start with if you can, otherwise it might be sprayed with preservatives that will stop it from rooting. Here's all you need to do:
1. Soak your ginger in warm water for 24 hours
2. Fill a relatively shallow, wide plant pot with potting soil and plant your root with the rhizomes (that's the 'fingers') pointing upwards.
3. Pop it in a warm, bright spot and keep your soil moist. You should start to get shoots in 4-6 weeks.
4. After a few months, you'll have yourself a nice established plant that's ready to harvest from! Use your finger to unearth a little root from near the edge of the pot and cut a small portion away with a clean, sharp knife.
5. Fill it back in with potting soil and your ginger to continue to flourish!
Voila! You've got your very own ginger plant that you'll be able to harvest from indefinitely. Once it gets really well established, you can even split the plant and pass it on to a friend!