Arugula is perhaps the most popular salad green beyond lettuce, and deservedly so. It's unique flavor is neither mustardy or peppery, but in a category all it's own. Store-bought Arugula will never match the flavor of your own, garden grown, and it is one of the easiest crops imaginable; ideally suited for windowsill, container and small space gardens. Liven up a salad with Arugula's unique flavor, or try it alone and quickly braised. For continuous crops, sow frequently and provide shade in hot weather.
SOW in full sun in rich, well-drained soil in early spring or late summer. For optimum flavor, grow in cool weather. Sow evenly and thinly. Cover with 1/4" of fine soil; firm lightly and keep evenly moist.
How to Grow
Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days. Provide plants with plenty of water if conditions get dry. Pick about 35 days after sowing, and protect with floating row covers to keep flea beetles away.
Pick arugula leaves when they reach 4-6" tall. Store in plastic bags and refrigerate for up to 5 days. Pull plants when they begin to flower and set seed, then cut off usable leaves at the base and compost the rest. Use young arugula leaves in salads, and cook more mature leaves as greens.
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