Tuesday, January 3, 2012

How to Grow Rocket/Arugula

Name: Rocket/Arugula

**With a slightly peppery taste, Arugula gives salads a nice bite, or can even be used as a salad itself.

**It is very hardy and can outlast nearly all other green leaf salad plants.

**The seeds are cheap and a packet usually holds a good quantity and it doesn’t matter too much if it is sown too thickly. It also grows very fast.

**Full sunshine when sown in spring and autumn, some shade in summer is preferred.

**Not picky about soil.

**Sow from March to late September every 4 weeks, thin to 6 inches apart or simply cut off needed leaves while leaving the plant in the ground. In this manner, the plant will continue to produce more leaves.

**Sow every couple of weeks for a continuous crop.

**Seeds can be stored for up to 3 years.

**Water if very dry, otherwise, this plant takes care of itself.

**It can sometimes bolt in the summer. You can still eat the leaves but they will be more bitter than normal. However, if it bolts, it will self-seed itself (though the plants usually have smaller leaves).

**Start picking outer leaves and keep picking. Once the flowers have formed, the leaves become small and bitter, so this is when you move on to the next batch.

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