Spring onions, okra, mangetout, blackberries and strawberries – only a handful but all mine! The vegetables were wonderful in a stirfry and the fruit worked well with yoghurt.
I know why my produce is coming in such small portions. Yes, it is partly the small garden, though I am working on that (ie how to get more out of a small space). It’s also because I was sidetracked by the allotment and missed most of April as I was in Japan. I do also need to add a lot more organic matter to the soil.
Still, for me it was a great treat after getting the secateurs out and going into the rain. The second round of roses had finished, some of the phacelia was starting to look very messy and the rocket had flowers, which definitely needed to be removed.
It is said that once rocket flowers, the leaves are spoiled. I’ve not found this – but it does self-seed… all over the garden. I dug up a little bush in the making the other day. My daughter insisted it was a dandelion but the leaves looked decidedly like miniature green rockets to me.
Perhaps I do need to let a few new plants form, as I have no idea how long a rocket bush lasts. I think mine are three years old, which is definitely money well-spent. I don’t ever run short of rocket-shaped leaves!
© Helen Butt, August 2014