And once those plants bolt, I pull most of them out of the ground and only keep the healthiest of them for seed.
Mary Christine Nestor wrote:I wouldn't pull out the bolted plants. The flowers attract beneficial insects and seeds can be harvested from the mature plants. Planting in succession should keep you in supply.
Marco Banks wrote: That's just how things are.
Casie Becker wrote:In my experience, it is extraordinarily good at coming back from seed. My mother used to be regularly called to weed it out of the flower bed of a neighbor who wasn't fond of it. I don't know how far the seeds were traveling to end up in her garden, though.
I planted it one year in our hugelbed and haven't had to plant it since. It didn't just come back in the garden, it's scattered from one end to the other of our back yard in the grass. It is very, very seasonal here, though. Ours is in full bloom right now and I won't expect to see it again after it spreads seed until it comes up next fall. In my climate it grows through the winter. If my mother (who is the person who really loves it) were better about reaching for it when she cooks, I might be willing to try succession planting to extend the harvests further into the warm season.