Wow! I was impressed! Out an area the size of this (about 50cm across by 80cm deep):
Anyway, they sweeten further upon storage apparently, and sitting them out in the sun for a couple of weeks will accelerate this process, so I loaded mine onto our old outdoor table to sit in the sun for a while (at least until it comes over cloudy and rainy again).
Not too shabby for the small area they occupied (a photo of them about half grown is below). Some of them were split unfortunately, I think this is a result of the rains we've had in the past couple of weeks as they weren't rotten? I'm not too concerned about those, as we will eat them straight away.
I had read that there are two types of tubers, the fat brown ones that you eat, and the small reddish ones that are actually rhizomes from which the plants re-grow. It was very obvious which was which when I dug the plant up, as you can see below:
The next thing I did yesterday was to harvest the ginger. Look at this lot:
Not bad, huh? Looking back at my notes, I planted out six tubers last spring, three each into two garden beds this size:
This one was located mostly in the shade, the other in much more sun, so that I could compare how they did in each. They both did equally well I have to say, so I was pretty happy with that, since I can now use the sunnier bed for other vegies and keep the ginger in the shadier areas of the garden in future (sunny areas are at a premium in my small yard).
Most of the tubers are huge. Look at this one, for example:
Once I'd taken the stems off, I could barely fit my bounty into my harvest basket: