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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Gardening in pots: bok choy





Even if I am supposed to have enough space in my veggie garden I still like to plant a few veggies in pots.  
First of all it is almost winter and things grow really slowly now, but in a terra-cotta pots they will grow faster, and I can move the pots to follow the sun (while I cannot move the veggie garden!). I planted some bok choy in the garden, and some in pots. The pots' plant are ready to eat... in fact I have to hurry up, one started flowering (don't mind having a few flowers, I like to eat them too, they are pretty as well!).

I guess that bok choy is real brassica for beginners: very easy to grow, about 7 weeks from seedlings (about 5 weeks in the pots) and doesn't require much space. No chance of growing broccoli and cavolo nero in pots, unless you like miniatures, but bok choy can even grow in your window boxes (prendete nota lettori italiani che vivete in città). 


 For some recipes with bok choy please go here.

22 comments:

  1. Great! We are the same, always have a few things in pots too. Well actually most of our garden was transplanted into pots when we moved house last Christmas. Silverbeet is another good one for pots xx

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    1. I'll try silver beet in that case Emma, but do you need a really big pot?

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  2. When I tried Bok Choy here the beetles eat them before I could. May be in pots in the green house they would be more protected but it mat be a bit hot. Diane

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    1. My man problem here is snails, millions of them, so in pot it is easier too!!

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  3. i love bok choy, perhaps my favourite asian green vegetable. Love it prepared in a cantonese way. I do not have green thumb, so I just admire you. Good job!

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    1. I think that you should try, even if you don't have a green thumb, bok choy needs little care, very easy to grow!

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  4. LOVE bok choy - your plants look great and it's super to have great recipes for them. Sadly I had no luck in growing bok choy - yours look like they'll do great!
    Mary x

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    1. Try the potted version Mary, maybe you will be luckier.

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  5. I grow them in pots too Alessandra. I chose Bonsai Pak Choi - a lovely little one. I used whole leaves in chicken soup through the week.

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    1. Thanks Fionna, I will look out from them. Did you grow them from seeds? where did you buy them!

      Ciao and I hope that you are well! Must meet up sometimes!

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  6. Devo provare.

    Sandra

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  7. I grew bok choy in pots once when I was flatting but have forgotten about growing them since. They are so cheap at our local Chinese supermarket, often $0.50 a bag of 2-3 bok choy.

    I like the idea of growing things in pots to follow the sun though.

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    1. It is true, not an expensive vegetable, but if you grown your own it is more satisfying, fresh and organic :-).

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  8. So growing bok choy is made for me and my not so green thumb ;) I should give it a try, specially that I like this asian green.

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    1. Let me know how you go Vanille!! :-)

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  9. Ciao Alessandra! I'm Italian and I live in town so...I take note :-D
    I also love the flavour of the bok choi, and I'm trying out some recipe, so why not try to plant them?
    At the moment my "garden on terrace" end with a few aromatic plant.....but I'd like to increase my personal production

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  10. Bok choy is a good start for a 'terrace garden', but here is another 'beginner' idea: radishes in a pot http://alessandrazecchini.blogspot.co.nz/2011/02/gardening-update.html
    also because I don't need many, and you can put the seeds in the pot as you harvest them to keep going!

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  11. bella idea di piantare in vaso il bok choy......prendo nota! ^___^ ciauzzzzz

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  12. Belle! Io invece ho la fortuna di avere un giardino e quindi il mio compagno fa l'orto d'estate, ora ogni mattina raccolgo almeno 3 fiori di zucca, in attesa dei fagiolini e di 2 qualità di pomodori (ciliegino e piccadilly), un abbraccio SILVIA

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  13. I agree! In winter, I often move my pots to let them get sunshine. I like the idea!

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