19 June 2010

salads and rocket flowers

I've let my rocket go to seed
and my coriander, they might self seed for another time on me, with a bit of luck.

And rocket flowers are a delightfully intense little rocket hit in a salad.  They're fragile, pretty and edible

I don't know about coriander flowers though.

We had this delicious salad

with white fish on the griddle plate on the bbq, with potato and chive mayonnaise

& the salad leaves were brought to you by David, the framer round the corner from my studio.

He's an enthusiastic allotment keeper, who tends his crops morning noon and night, and on his days off.

And he gives out terrific advice to my painting partner Lella who's lovingly started out on vegetable growing.
I find his knowledge fascinating, and I don't have a veg patch.


Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial said...

Beautifully lovely greenery, Gilly! :)

Joanna said...

If the coriander goes to seed you could harvest the seed. We just ripped out all the rocket from the first lot, folllowing the pesto extravagansa as it just got too hot, pretty flowers though aren't they? I envy you that fish dish too!

Choclette said...

I love rocket flowers and am always nibbling on them when out in the garden. But how do you stop them going to seed? All of mine seem to go virtually straight to seed with not much green on before hand - any ideas?

Gill the Painter said...

Hi Celia and Joanna.
We had 2 good months of rocket, not pests, which was luck rather than anything
so now I shall take the seeds out and remove the plant.

Hi Choclette
The only thing I can think is, are they new plants?
Maybe they've been and gone from a previous year,and you need new rockets?
Not that I'm much of a gardener.

I'll ask David, the allotment chap for you.
I presume you want leaves AND then flowers. So pulling any flowers out to promote leaves isn't the answer you're looking for.

Joanna said...

I was just wondering the same thing, having ripped all my straggly plants out. I have had a scoot around, apparently brutality is the answer. Cut all the leaves down to the quick each time you harvest them. Once it goes, it rockets! I will experiment and report back, my friends.... We have a second batch coming up.

Gill the Painter said...

Great, I'll look forward to your feed back Joanna.

Gill the Painter said...

Message from David the framer with the allotment.

Wild rocket is fine from June onwards, although it's small.

But cultivated rocket goes leggy and to seed June to Aug. There's not much to it.
You need to sow the cultivated in/ at the end of August to reap those leaves you want.

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