The showstopper is a mix of a popular aromatic herb and a Mediterranean peppery flavoured salad crop
Rocket: You should be able to harvest leaves from four weeks after sowing. Pick the leaves regularly to keep growth young, tender and tasty.
Treat plants as a ‘cut-and-come-again’ crop or pick a few leaves from plants over the whole row. Picking lots of leaves from one or two plants, weakens the growth. To prolong cropping pinch out the flower buds.
To collect seed, allow the flower buds to develop and dry.
Basil: For culinary dishes pinch or cut the leaves off as required, but always from the top.
Collect seed in autumn once the flower stalk is dry.
Soak the flyer, place on top of compost and cover with more compost to keep moist.
Partial Sun, Full Sun
Chalk, Clay, Gravel, Loam, Sand, Silt
Soil PH preference
Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Rocket: In salads, sprinkle over pizzas and pasta dishes, Older leaves can also be lightly cooked as a delicious spinach substitute, added to sauces, stir fried or sautéed in olive oil. It's rich in potassium and vitamin C and flourishes in a warm, sunny, position. Even the flowers are edible.
Basil: Salads, vinaigrette, pizzas, pesto, delicious in tomato, cheese, egg and fish dishes.