Bolting Toward Summer

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Oops, I Bolted

This is a baby bok choy that has sprinted toward setting seed, due to the recent warming days. Bolting causes a plant to become leggy, tough, and in certain vegetables, to become bitter. There wasn’t much to do, unless I wanted to experiment with saving seed, except pick it and eat it.

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Bok Choy

Bowl of “shiro” baby bok choy, trimmed of roots, washed, and ready to be cooked. It was quite tasty, like a very mild broccoli raab. Another variety of baby bok choy is more resistant to bolting, so I took a chance and left it in the ground for another week.

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Bush Beans

Beans are showing strong growth. Bush beans do not send up vines, so there is no work to put up a trellis. The yard long beans are popular in asian cuisine, and have a drier texture than string beans.

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Yard Long Beans

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Borage, probably

Not too much color yet, but finally flower seedlings are sprouting. I designated an area for flowers that deter pests, thinking that I can grow it here and transplant as necessary. Borage produces an edible purple flower that tastes like cucumbers. It is supposed to be a good companion plant for brassicas, and tomatos.

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Calendula

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Lettuce Experiment

Tiny seeds such as lettuce have a pelleted version to enable the use of mechanical seeder. The seeds are not expected to germinate well after a year, but it has worked out. This experiment on older seed worked even without weeding, irrigating, fertilizing, or spraying.

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