It should come as no surprise that ginger is chock-full of nutrients and anti-inflammatory compounds, considering that it is often used as a natural medicinal treatment. But zingy, spicy ginger doesn’t just soothe a stomach ache, it also has powerful antimicrobial properties that fight bacterial and fungal infections. In the same way that it can fight illness and boost immunity in your body, it can also combat bad bacteria and fungal overgrowth around the roots of your plants.
Besides preventing root rot, adding diluted ginger to your garden’s soil also acts like a natural fertilizer by helping the roots of your plants grow and improving nutrient absorption. Ginger root is also full of potassium, which is one of the essential nutrients that plants need to grow, reproduce, and resist attacks from pests. Zingerone, the compound that gives ginger its spiciness, can also deter common pests like caterpillars, grasshoppers, and nematodes.