The Chinese New Year is approaching. On February 1, 2019, China will ring in the Year of The Pig. Pigs are intelligent, talkative, and very few people realize how clean pigs truly are. The pig symbolizes wealth in China. Hopefully the year of the pig will likewise bring wealth to your garden.
In sticking with the Chinese New Year theme, let's plant some really interesting Chinese crops this January. Bok Choy, Chinese Cabbage, Chinese Celery, and Chinese Spinach are just a few crops on the must try list. There are two very interesting facts about Chinese crops. Firstly, most of their varieties make in half the time it takes our regular crops to make. Secondly, China's climate and growing conditions mimic South Carolina's, so the crops will flourish for you.
My favorite Chinese crop is Bok Choy. There are several varieties, which are broken down into two categories- baby Boy Choy, which makes in 45 days and regular Bok Choy, which takes around 60 days to harvest. The baby Purple Lady, and Prince Green are just beautiful in the garden. Bok Choy needs moderately cool weather, so plant in late January. The seeds are very, very small so you only need one grain of sand to cover the seed. Do not bury the seeds. Water them lightly until they get strong, so you don't push the seeds in too deep.