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All About Arugula

GROWING ARUGULA

Arugula grows best in cool, moist, well-drained soil. Full sun is OK but light shade is even better during the hottest times. Climbing temperatures tend to produce leaves that are slightly bitter. Arugula is very easy to grow and quick to mature. Arugula is perfect for both spring and fall plantings. Sprouts in just 3 days! Ready to harvest in as little as 3 weeks.
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PLANT HISTORY

Arugula use dates back to the first century, and in modern times has developed a strong following for the pungent, gourmet flavor of its leaves. The peppery taste is a favorite ingredient in mescluns.
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ARUGULA SEEDS OR PLANTS?

Since growing arugula from seeds is so quick and easy, it's best to sow seeds directly in the spring garden after danger of heavy frost has passed. Keep sowing arugula every 2 weeks for a constant supply of this flavor-packed green.
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CULTIVATION

Arugula needs plenty of water to sustain its quick growing habit.
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ARUGULA GROWING TIPS

A little mulch will keep arugula cooler and prevent seed-set during hotter weather.
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INSECTS & DISEASES

Arugula is rarely bothered by pests and diseases, but if concerned about possible pest problems you can cover the emerging plants with a floating row cover.
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ARUGULA HARVEST TIPS

Harvest the arugula leaves when they 4-6 inches long. The fresh leaves will last up to 6 days in the refrigerator.
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RECIPES & STORAGE

Arugula is fantastic fresh in any salad mix or just by itself. You can cook the larger, more mature leaves with other greens. it has a very spinach-like flavor.
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