Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Pak (of rubbish) Choi

I am really dissapointed with our pak choi.

It has bolted...

Some of you may not be surprised to hear this as you are a lot wiser than me, but if I knew that they were so sensitive I wouldn't have consumed our valuable growing space with 2 whole rows of this crop. I wish I had grown more lettuce instead!

I have now read that they are extemly sensitive to a real mix of weather conditions. So with the the days of drought followed by periods of sogging wetness, the pak choi did not approve and decided to run to flower.

I was really looking forward to a good crop of this. The good news is that we can still eat the leaves despite it bolting so a nice homegrown stirfry is on the cards tonight. Courgette, pak choi leaves, spinach, mange tout, maybe one of the fillius blue chillies to liven it up a bit. Delicieux!

We are both really enjoying our really healthy home grown meals.

Have a great day!



  1. Exactly the same happened to me last year, it's a huge pain isn't it! :)
    I'm going to try them again this year in September in the greenhouse as an Autumn/winter veg and see what happens... :)

  2. Definately very frustrating. A shame really, was looking forward to them.

    I wish you more luck with yours this time!

    Martin :0)

  3. What a great meal you have planned - it's a bad year for boltinr - really hot weather - never mind at least you get to eat the leaves

  4. I was worried that this was going to be about tea ;)
    We've had Pak Choi bolt on us in the past but it made an intersting 'snack' for the chickens. We weren't using enough of it to justify growing it again, despite the opinion of the chickens! I like Paul & Melanie's idea of growing it late though.
    Enjoy your stir-fry! Mo

  5. Hi Martin and Amy
    Our spinach bolted quickly this year so we have sown some more.

    Your dinner sounds delicious.

    Sft x

  6. Amy should be home any minute, so I am about to pick the ingredients and it should be ready for when she gets in.

    Our Spinach is not doing too bady sft, I have never grown it before but the young leaves are delicious.

    Mo - There are no plans to try pak choi tea just yet.. (or ever) Doesn't tickle my fancy anyway!

    Thanks for your lovely comments as usual Lottie! The hot weather is nice if we can sit out and enjoy it, but it's doing some of the crops no good at all...

    Have a good day everyone, and thanks for popping by!

    Martin :)

  7. I've never grown pak choi, I don't think I'll bother if it's so sensitive, there's plenty of other things to grow instead.

  8. A lot of so-called 'oriental greens' do much better in cooler weather and can't take the heat - I bet pak choi would grow better if you sowed it late summer and picked during the winter months. I've never tried pak choi myself, but I'm definitely planning a load of rocket and mustard greens for winter use this year.


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