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Bok Choy: How to Grow and When to Plant in Your Backyard or Patio Garden!

Bok Choy (also sometimes called Chinese Cabbage) is a cool weather vegetable that can be grown to harvest in spring and fall. It does not grow into a head and has beautiful large, dark green leaves.

How to Grow:

Bok Choy can be planted indoors 4-5 weeks before your last spring frost and then transplanted outdoors at 1-2 weeks before your last spring frost. You can plant Bok Choy outdoors in the fall 3-4 weeks before your last fall frost. You can see specific dates for your location using our FREE iOS, Android, and Universal Web App.

Bok Choy seeds are planted 1/2 inch deep, 1 per square foot, in the full sun. Take care to notice what plants are around the area as well, see the companion plant section below. Bok Choy will sprout in about 5-10 days with consistent moisture.

Companion Plants:

Companion planting is a vital part of organic gardening. Companion plants assist in the growth of others by attracting beneficial insects, repelling pests, or providing nutrients, shade, or support. There are also plants that do not like being next to each other. Some plants get too tall and can provide too much shade for your plant. Sometimes certain plants attract the same pests, so it is important to try and separate these.

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Pests can be one of the most difficult challenges you face in the garden. We strive to grow food without the use of pesticide and luckily there are natural solutions for most of these nasty pests! The pests listed below are common ones for bok choy:

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Bok Choy is ready for harvesting in approximately 45-60 days. Make sure to harvest your Bok Choy before the heat sets in or else it will bolt to seed. Simply chop off the top of the plant and bring it into your kitchen to eat!

Cooking & Eating!

You can cook Boy Choy in a variety of ways or eat it raw! Bok Choy is a great addition to your soups, salads, and stir-fries. It adds a nice, mild flavor.

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