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Arugula, Rocket (Roquette)
Zesty accent in salads.
Tender smooth leaves with robust, peppery flavor. Cook mature leaves with other greens. GARDEN HINTS: Grows best in cool weather. Can also be grown as a fall crop. Sow early in spring. Protect from heat with shade cloth. Likes fertile soil, ample water. Best when picked minutes before your meal. Thin plants 8" apart. 500 seeds per packet, will plant about 30 ft. of row. Grows best in full sun, will tolerate light shade.
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- about 35 days after sowing. 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. Flowers are also edible.