How To Plant Pechay (Pak Choi) Vegetable
How to plant or grow Pechay (pak choi)
As a farmer's daughter, I love growing vegetables and even now I like growing my own and enjoy eating them as well. One vegetable that I like a lot is called Pak Choi or pechay, but I find that they are so expensive and sometimes hard to find fresh ones so I decided to grow my own.
When I visited my home country-the Philippines three years ago, I brought back a few seeds of Pak Choi and from that packet of seeds I made more seeds so that I won't run out.
Anyway, one day I was at the Pound shop, I found a packet that contains not one but four kinds of vegetable seeds that includes the Pak Choi, I was so delighted. Pak Choi is easy to grow and even a non gardener can do it. All you do is scatter the seeds on the plot, cover them lightly with compost and water them. When they have 4 or 5 leaves transplant them to a plot with at least 4 inches apart. Or just thin them out by removing some of the pak choi that are so close to each other to give them space to grow bigger. Instead of throwing the pak choi that you thinned out, grow them in containers or grow them somewhere else in your garden. You can also grow different kinds of pak choi together like I did, then you are spoilt for choice. You can also grow pak choi in tubs or any containers especially if you live in a flat. You can grow them in throughs. They make good natural decoration for the balcony or patios.
Just keep watering them and when after 5 or 6 weeks your Pak Choi is ready to harvest. If it needs fertiliser, use grow more liquid fertiliser then you will have fat pak choi. Pak Choi is a nutritious vegetable to have. I usually use them in stir fries or to add to stews and soups. Pak choi is packed with good nutrients and it is good if you are on a diet because it contains a lot of water and not fattening.
Pak choi (pechay), Mustards, and mixed salad leaves
How to produce seeds and how to have pechay every month.
Another thing with Pak choi is, if you want to have some seeds from the plant, let one or two plants flower. Leave the flowers to finish flowering and then it will be replaced by seeds which you wait until the flowers are yellow and just leave it to get dry then harvest it for new Pak choi plants for next time. I have been planting Pak choi all year round and I noticed that even in winter it survives. So there is no problem about when is the best time to grow it. It is possible to grow even during the winter months in your greenhouse or if you have poly tunnel.
There are other varieties and different colors of pak choi. There is one purple pak choi which taste a bit sour but taste better when mixed with other vegetables. I just love all of it. Tips to have continuous supply of pechay or pak choi is to grow or plant them a week apart each set. Pechay or pak choi yields lots of seeds so you will have enough to supply you for a few months or even a year. Seeds can be stored in a jam jar with tight lid.