How to Grow Arugula/Rocket

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**Arugula, also known as Rocket, is typically an early summer vegetable from the Brassica family (this family also includes: Kale, Cauliflower, Brussel Sprouts, etc.).

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

**You do not have to be a professional gardener to grow Arugula. It is very hardy, very cheap, and grows very quickly.        

**However, this is not a perennial. When you cut down one crop of Arugula, you should throw more seeds in the same area so that you can have more Arugula in a few weeks. Better yet, every few weeks, throw out some more seeds so that you have a continual supply of this amazing plant.

**Arugula is one of the first plants you can start growing in the Early Spring. Check out my post on Early Spring Garden Planning to learn about other plants you can grow early.

**In addition, Arugula is an excellent source of folic acid and Vitamins A, C and K.



**Arugula is not picky about the soil because it is quite hardy, however, the more nutrients in the soil, the happier it will be. This is a common feature of Brassicas. For more information on where to grow it in your garden, check out my Crop Rotation Guide post.

**Wherever you sow it, remember that Arugula likes full sunshine in the Spring and the Fall, but if possible, give it some shade in the summer, to prevent it from sun scorching.



**Arugula grows easy from seed, and you can simply sow them directly into the soil. Here are some organic seeds you might want to try.

**You can begin sowing from March and sow until late September. Sow new seeds approximately every 4 weeks, and thin them to 6 inches apart or simply cut off the leaves as needed.

**If you cut the leaves off and leave the roots in the ground, you will probably get a few more crops from the same plant.

**You can store the seeds for up to 3 years.



arugula2**Water your Arugula if your garden soil is very dry. Otherwise, this plant will take care of itself.

**The only time it is tricky to grow Arugula is in the summer. It might bolt in the summer. This makes the leaves more bitter but still edible.

**If your Arugula bolts, it will self-seed itself. However, the new plants will have smaller leaves.



**When it is time to harvest, start by picking the outer leaves of each plant.

**Make sure you keep picking your Arugula. If you allow the plants to form flowers, the leaves will become very bitter.

**Of course, since this is such a quick growing plant, if you cannot keep up with the Arugula and it forms flowers, you can always start a new batch and have more Arugula in just a few weeks.


Do YOU grow Arugula?

**If so, what are your favorite recipes to use with it?

**If not, do you think you will start to grow it in the future?


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