Hooray for pak choi!

by Jane Moore

After a seemingly endless period of dismal drear, we finally made it to the plot on a cold, crisp frosty day... woolly hat and socks were de rigueur.

Pak choiAfter a seemingly endless period of dismal drear (probably only a few days in reality but it felt like it went on for a decade), we finally made it to the plot on a cold, crisp frosty day.

Everything crunched underfoot rather beautifully and woolly hat and socks were de rigueur for the appropriately attired allotmenteer. And, admittedly a week later than scheduled, the great tidy up began.

As I predicted, everything had been turned to mush by the previous frosts; courgette plants, squashes, beans and all. It could have been a horribly smelly, slimy and generally yucky job clearing up all of that except that, rather conveniently, this frost had turned all the mush hard again and therefore infinitely more pleasant to handle.

My partner Paul recently built me a coldframe/hot box (I know how to pick 'em!). A quick clear out revealed a couple of surprisingly perfect pak choi. It really must be toasty in there! Everything around it is shades of brown mush and white frost, and inside the hot box it's still September!

We harvested the last of the chillies and pulled these final few pak choi for Sunday lunch and patted Paul on the back, marvelling at the creativity of his construction. Wonder what else we could grow in it!

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Gardeners' World Web User 04/12/2007 at 09:51

Yes, I'd love to see construction details too - I'll get my hubby to build one for me aswell!

Gardeners' World Web User 10/12/2007 at 20:39

I haven't got a problem with a hot box (I don't think). But I WOULD like to try growing SWEET potatoes if it's possible in this country. Has anyone in the know?

Gardeners' World Web User 13/12/2007 at 23:21

Sorry don't know anything about sweet potatoes but can you believe I have picked a bunch of sweet peas from my allotment this morning, and are sitting pretty on my table, all this in the north east of England too! Thanks all, the new web site is great.

Gardeners' World Web User 15/12/2007 at 12:52

very interesting, but I don't agree with you

Gardeners' World Web User 17/08/2008 at 17:52

Where do I buy Pak Choi plants, they are a lovely flavour, but very expensive to buy in the supermarkets. Also when should you plant these, and in what conditions. Thanks. Lynn

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