Edible garden: Bok Choy

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Bok choy with pork. Photo / Nicola Topping
Bok choy with pork. Photo / Nicola Topping

How to grow it: This vege can be grown and harvested right through the year (apart from mid winter), and is a quick and easy member of the brassica family to grow.

Organically feed your soil and dig in compost to improve drainage before planting. At this time of year a cloche tunnel can be used to extend the growing season. I get good results mulching vege gardens with lucerne straw, and watch out for tiny slugs hiding in the leaves.

Only use a pet-safe slug and snail bait (or the old beer and saucer trick). For a description of this and other organic pest control techniques, click here.

How to cook with it: Combine bok choy with basil, chillies and a large piece of lemongrass stem to create a fragrant Thai dish.

Finish with a delicate persimmon purée over vanilla ice cream.

- NZ Herald

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