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Castro Valley, CA  Jan31, 2012

I have one raised bed that is pretty much always shaded except for summer afternoons. Last year I decided that bok choy might grow, since it is supposed to love shade. I planted some from seed in the spring and tended it more of less adequately.

We went away from June 30th through July 5th, and during that period our area experienced a heat wave, so I returned to find my bok choy had bolted and was going to seed. So, I let it go to seed  and eventually pulled it and tossed it into the compost.

I now have bok choy seedlings sprouting. The seeds over-wintered without bird predation, and seem to think that it is spring.

So, what is going on in your neck of the world, and where is said neck?

I'll be away for a bit, and then I'll be here off and on to respond and rec.

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