I have shallow roots and don’t mind snuggling up to other plants so you can sow seeds or seedlings every 15-20cm (6-8”).
Personal space: I don’t need much room. So I’m perfect for a pot by the kitchen door where you can reach out and pick my leaves for salads. I usually grow to about 40-60cm high but can reach even higher when flowering and going to seed. I can be chopped back several times once I’m mature. Cutting me down to size will help me regenerate and produce new shoots before flowering.
My Friends: I grow well with just about everyone including lettuce and other herbs.
My Enemies: Not too many really. The occasional slug in wet weather. Sometimes the cabbage white butterflies lay their eggs on my leaves and their caterpillar ‘kids’ take a nibble.
Favourite Food & Drink: I like a well-fertilised soil with plenty of compost, worm castings and mulch. I grow vigorously with a weekly application of liquid fertiliser. No accounting for taste, but I LOVE to drink worm juice tea, seaweed, fish emulsion and compost teas!
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Appearance & Flavour: When young, my leaves have a very mild flavour. Like some humans, my ‘spiciness’ intensifies as I get older! My edible creamy white flowers have deep purple veins, so I am really beautiful (not vain)! I am incredibly attractive to bees and many pollinators. These suitors come calling to drink my sweet flower nectar. My flowers also look beautiful as a garnish on meals and taste sweet in salads.
My attractive flowers eventually produce thick seed pods and I am really productive. I produce a lot of ‘kids’. My seed pods are packed with rocket ‘babies’ just waiting to be planted. A whole new generation in the making!