We were excited to be invited by the official Guerrilla Gardener to lead a workshop showing people how to create their own edible hats at Harvest at Jimmy's; this little food & family-friendly Suffolk festival. As a warm-up to Monty Don, who was on next, we thought this couldn't be beaten, with Monty managing to do a fine job of modelling our Garlic Chives Fez.
For this festival the micro-salad maestro Charles, of Teign Valley micro herbs, had provided us with a feast of delicious young plants all handily grown on matting. Perfect for rustling up a quick edible fascinator to accompany a light lunch with the aid of little more than a stapler,a base, elastic and some braid! People were soon sporting some fantastic creations safe in the knowledge that they would soon be dining on salad that usually graces top restaurant tables, and now their heads! Russian kale, pak choi, mustard, red cabbage (stunning with it's red stalks) and fennel were just some of the choice specialities, all grown 'hydroponically' in nutrient enriched water.
This was all perfect for the day and light snacking, but it had to be pointed out that as a longterm planting option for headwear, nasturtiums simply cannot be beaten either in visual impact, spicey taste (leaves, flowers, seeds- the lot!) and lightness (their roots are TINY).
The next mission is to get cyclists planting up their safety helmets- the holes are perfect and what better incentive to put one on?
A big thank you to the Richard and Lyla of www.guerrillagardening.org, our fantastic helpers, Monty and of course all the great people we met, donned salad and joined in so enthusiastically- keep the green alive and send us your photos!