How to Grow Bok Choy

Bok choy, also known as Chinese cabbage, is a versatile leafy green that�s easy to grow. It�s perfect for stir-fries and soups. Here�s how to grow bok choy using organic methods.

Materials Needed

  • Bok choy seeds or transplants
  • Rich, well-draining soil
  • Compost
  • Watering can or hose

Choosing Varieties

Bok choy comes in several varieties:

  • Shanghai: Small, tender leaves, green stems.
  • Joi Choi: Larger leaves, white stems.
  • Mei Qing Choi: Compact heads, fast-growing.

Soil Preparation

Bok choy prefers well-drained, fertile soil with a pH of 6.0-7.5:

  1. Loosen the Soil: Till to a depth of 8-10 inches (20-25 cm).
  2. Add Compost: Mix in 2-3 inches (5-7.5 cm) of compost.

Planting Bok Choy

Sow seeds directly in the garden or use transplants:

  1. Spacing: Plant seeds 1/4 inch (0.6 cm) deep, 6-8 inches (15-20 cm) apart.
  2. Rows: Space rows 12-18 inches (30-45 cm) apart.

Watering and Mulching

Maintain consistent moisture:

  • Watering: Water regularly, especially during dry periods.
  • Mulching: Apply mulch to retain moisture and suppress weeds.

Organic Fertilizing

Bok choy benefits from regular feeding:

  • Use compost tea or a balanced organic fertilizer every 2-3 weeks.

Harvesting Bok Choy

Harvest bok choy when heads are full-sized and tender:

  • Method: Cut heads at the base with a sharp knife.

Storing Bok Choy

Store bok choy properly to maintain freshness:

  • In the Fridge: Store heads in a plastic bag in the crisper drawer. Use within a week.

Growing Tips

  • Sow seeds every few weeks for a continuous harvest.
  • Use row covers to protect against pests.

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