How to Grow Arugula

Arugula, also known as rocket, is a fast-growing leafy green with a peppery flavor. It�s perfect for salads and sandwiches. Here�s how to grow arugula using organic methods.

Materials Needed

  • Arugula seeds
  • Rich, well-draining soil
  • Compost
  • Watering can or hose

Choosing Varieties

Arugula comes in several varieties:

  • Wild Arugula: Smaller, intensely flavored leaves.
  • Garden Arugula: Larger leaves, milder flavor.
  • Wasabi Arugula: Spicy, wasabi-like flavor.

Soil Preparation

Arugula prefers well-drained, fertile soil with a pH of 6.0-7.0:

  1. Loosen the Soil: Till to a depth of 8-10 inches (20-25 cm).
  2. Add Compost: Mix in 2-3 inches (5-7.5 cm) of compost.

Planting Arugula

Sow seeds directly in the garden:

  1. Spacing: Plant seeds 1/4 inch (0.6 cm) deep, 1 inch (2.5 cm) apart.
  2. Rows: Space rows 12-18 inches (30-45 cm) apart.

Watering and Mulching

Maintain consistent moisture:

  • Watering: Water regularly, especially during dry periods.
  • Mulching: Apply mulch to retain moisture and suppress weeds.

Organic Fertilizing

Arugula benefits from regular feeding:

  • Use compost tea or a balanced organic fertilizer every 2-3 weeks.

Harvesting Arugula

Harvest arugula leaves when they are young and tender:

  • Method: Cut outer leaves, allowing inner leaves to continue growing.

Storing Arugula

Store arugula properly to maintain freshness:

  • In the Fridge: Store leaves in a plastic bag in the crisper drawer. Use within a week.

Growing Tips

  • Sow seeds every few weeks for a continuous harvest.
  • Use row covers to protect against pests.

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