Arugula is often found in mesclun mixes. Plant early or late in the growing season and you will be able to harvest as soon as 4 weeks after sowing. The seedlings are hardy and tolerate some frost.
Also known as “rocket” or “roquette,” arugula is a fast-growing, cool-season salad green that adds a tangy, mustard-like flavor to salads. Here’s how to plant and grow arugula in your garden!
- Arugula prefers humus-rich, well-drained soil, but will tolerate a wide variety of conditions.
- Plant outdoors in full sun or part shade as soon as the soil can be worked in spring. See local frost dates.
- Sow in late-summer for a fall or early-winter harvest.
- Keep soil evenly moist.
- To reduce heat stress, provide some shade for warm-season plantings.
- The leaves taste best when young.
- Harvest leaves when they are about 2-3 inches long.
- Pull up the whole plants or cut individual leaves.
- The white flowers are edible.