Why is my Pac Choi (Bokchoy) bolting?

Hi everyone, long time no talk! My garden is growing strong this year, especially my luscious spaghetti squash and cucumbers – for some reason they are big, bulky and doing great!

What is NOT doing great is my pac choi (bokchoy). This has actually happened for the last two seasons but I have not been able to figure out a cure. The pac choi I’m using is dwarf white stemmed pac choi from West Coast Seeds.

Every time I grow these guys, this happens: IMG_20180625_121330_401

I water consistently, and I do get edible leaves but the stems are very skinny so as soon as they bolt, I pick the leaves and then the plant seems to be done – so I pull it out.

Any suggestions for me? Do you grow any Asian vegetables such as pac choi? I have been growing more and more Asian veggies(my fiance is Chinese!) and I totally love them – they taste delicious and are easy to use in my cooking. I can’t wait to hear from you guys!

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The first seeds of the year

It’s that time of year! My spring/summer seeds have gone into the soil about 3 weeks ago and by now have all germinated and are visibly growing. In my last post I explained that I’ve always wanted to start my own vegetable garden, and this year I’m fortunate to be able to do it!

We started by building a 12ft by 4ft raised bed (photo below), which is 8 inches deep. Next I asked my friend for some of his farms aged horse manure which should produce a good crop

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On April 17th I planted the following:
Radishes, bokchoy (aka pac choi), snow peas, snap peas, yellow onions and a variety of carrots.

Three weeks later, this is what they looked like!

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The radishes should be ready to harvest in the next 1-2 weeks, bokchoy in the next 2-3 weeks. Carrots take much longer to grow, along with onions and peas. However the pea plants have doubled in size already!

The one possible issue has been the dreaded cabbage white butterfly. I’ve seen what I think is that beast landing on my bokchoy, hopefully not laying eggs anywhere near my plants. I’ve done some reading and apparently their larvae love nibbling on leaves. No, no! Be gone! To attract happier less beast like creatures I’ve planted some flower seeds. Who knows when they’ll transform into flowers though. Come to me, bees!

Next to be planted is TOMATOES! 🍅 I’m extra excited for tomatoes because they’re my favorite veggie…fruit(?!). I’ve bought several different types of tomato plants, so tune in later this week for a tomato post. Cheers, friends! Any tips or questions are more than welcome 🍷