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Do Chinese cabbages grow well in volcanic soil and tropical climates, in areas around the equator? I know they're a cool climate produce, but there should be a way.
I woke up this morning to find that my seedlings were eaten by a certain bug. What should I do, even though I did not see any trail of snails.
By Dee T from Wanganui, New Zealand
I have had the same problem with some of my fall greens--kale and mustard specifically, but have had good success from two products: a Safer brand spray and a solution of water and Neem Oil. I tried each on separate plants, and both seemed to slow down or stop the creative lacework some little feller was doing on the leaves. I never saw a snail trail, bug or other perpetrator, either. I'll take a closer look at the instructions and get back to you. If you have a good, organic gardening Website, you might also look for a pepper spray recipe.
I would like to know how to grow Pak Choi successfully.
By Brian from Great Wakering, Essex
Bok choi seeds
Step 1 Select a place in the garden to grow bok choi. The area should be sunny, but sheltered from harsh elements. About two weeks before planting, enrich the soil with organic compost.
Step 2 Decide on a variety of Chinese cabbage and purchase the seeds. This is a matter of personal taste. Orient Express, for example, has small, round heads. Dwarf and Extra Dwarf Bok Choi are very small and good for gardens with limited space. Red Choi is beautifully colored.
Step 3 Plant the bok choi seeds directly in garden and cover them with 1/4" of fine soil. If the seedlings emerge too close together thin them so that they are about 8-10 inches apart.
Step 4 Water bok choi regularly. They have short roots and need water more frequently than other plants.
Step 5 Harvest bok choi by picking the outer leaves as needed. Otherwise, the whole plant can be harvested when it reaches 12-18" tall.
Tips & Warnings
Start a second crop in late summer for a fall harvest. Bok Choi can be planted indoors and then transplanted outside. The small plants can withstand light freezing. Bok Choi will go to seed quickly in hot weather. It can also rot in warm, humid weather. Try to harvest it before summer progresses. Good luck.