The leaves are cooked as spinach and the stems as celery. Versatile, with a long season.
Outdoors: sow thinly April-July, where they are to crop, 2.5cm (1″) deep, directly into finely-prepared, well-drained soil, which has already been watered. Allow 40cm (16″) between rows. Seedlings usually appear in 14-21 days. Thin seedlings to 15cm (6″) apart. Water well until plants are established. Regularly pick a few leaves and stems at a time, without stripping the plants, allowing them to continue growing. Harvest: July-November.
Tip: Plants usually die back through winter, but will ‘come again’ the following spring, to produce a further early crop before running to seed.