Rocket appealed to my money-saving instincts as having a high ratio of cost to buy at Borough Market compared to ease of growing and tastiness. It was a great success. I planted 3 small tubs, seeds straight into the soil, one each at the beginning of April, May and June, so that when one lot bolted and flowered, there was some more on the go. Nice salad all summer for £1.25 - and still have half the seeds left! Good choice - and good luck!
We shall have to think about an SE1 produce show soon - who's got the biggest marrows???
You know, TULMJ, that just accross the Bourough tube station, where Long Lane begins, is a garden where they grow Rosemary. You are allowed to pick a reasonable amount for free. I discovered that on my way back from the Market where I paid £2 for a bunch. I think they grow other herbs as well!
They have a variety of herbs. I think the idea of the park is as a kitchen/medicinal garden. Didn't know that you could (officially) pick your own, but have often noted the park regulars enjoying a can of Brew and (no doubt) discussing uses for lavender and comfrey.
You can also get packs of mixed lettuce seed Maurits, that come in "spicy" or "mild" blends and are much tastier than, but otherwise similar in composition to, the bags of breathtakingly expensive and generally half-dead "herb salad" that you get in supermarkets.
Use the same process as Ms Jo describes above. You'll get young leaves within 2-3 weeks and you can just take a pair of scissors to them, cut what you want for a salad, and the leaves will grow back again a few times before going to seed/losing their taste. If you ever grew cress at school.....this is even easier.
Yes I did know about the Garden, Maurits, in fact I planted most of the Rosemary bushes, 2 or 3 years ago! Also some different thymes and some other things, but the small things mostly got covered with the bark chips and died. Some other people, including the Park Rangers, planted the big bed at the back, which is where the medicinal herbs are. It was done in conjunction with The Herb Garrett museum. Then BOST came along with Walworth Garden Farm and did the rest of the gardens, absolutely beautifully. What did Southwark Council do? Not much, as usual (having a 'rant at Southwark' phase) though they do provide a few Park Rangers who do their best to look after it.