Growing Salsify, also Vegetable oyster

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11 Nov 10 Leah (Australia - temperate climate)
I grew salsify in punnets last year which was a dismal failure as the roots twisted like mad when they were transplanted. They did flower though and now a patch of the garden is covered with very healthy self sown plants which are flowering . . . But when should they be harvested and can the flowers be chopped off to prevent them spreading across the whole suburb, and the plant left in the ground until ready for eating? The info I've read says to eat them in winter. . . . . Thanks :-)
11 Nov 10 Sri (Australia - temperate climate)
My grandpa use to grow Salsify in the vegie patch as a natural insecticide and i remember he use to say to me u have to cut the flowers off or they will take over the entire garden and while i have never grown them myself apparently the rule of thumb is if they are self sown begin picking them in the autumn because the longer u leave them the less flavour they have.
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