Persevere with these Eastern delights for tasty new crops
Do you like a nice bung-everything-in-the-pan stir fry? Perhaps you love your greens but want to liven up your crop choice? Then why not give over a bit of space on your patch to grow some Oriental veg?
Seed is readily available from all garden centres and online seed companies, as demand for these Asian staples has increased. As with growing many greens, there’s a trial and error element – depending on weather conditions and environment some can bolt before you know it, setting seed and being useless for harvesting as fresh greens. But breeding these days means many varieties benefit from slow-bolting traits and you’ll soon learn what works to produce the best crop.
There are lots of mild types, such as mizuna, mibuna and mooli, if you don’t like the heat of mustardy veg and greens. You can harvest most as baby leaves, or leave them to mature as late summer and autumn crops. Sowing this late on is good, as they’ll mature when the shortening days help them not to bolt. Sow leaves in pots and other veg where they’re to grow, and protect them from the usual pests and disease, such as slugs, flea beetle and club root. Fertilise with a nitrogen-rich feed.