Thursday, March 17, 2011
When life gives you lemons....
These poor little bok choi seedlings got all but completely consumed by slugs early on. They were eaten back to the wick. I finally killed all the slugs and amazingly, the plant started coming back--just in time for frigid cold nighttime temps in the 20's that seemed to go on and on.
They say this is a cold weather plant, but all my bok choi seemed to stress when the temps got into the 20's. They developed a strange pattern to the leaves, and in the end, these two little plants bolted.
So I turned it from a food crop into an ornamental, letting it grow mostly because I was interested in finding out what bok choi flowers look like. (These turned out so pretty, I'm tempted to let a broccoli plant flower just to see it bloom.)
Good news is, the bok choi I planted in the barrels around 2/1 are doing beautifully. They've rebounded from their frost damage and will be ready to eat any time now. So, all in all, I got pretty flowers from one, dinner from the others. Not bad!