Direct-sow Arugula as soon as the ground can be worked in the early spring and sow every two weeks through fall for successive scissor- or mature harvest. Sow thickly for scissor-harvested baby leaves, and thin out to 6" apart for mature plants. Use garden fabric to protect it from flea beetles that cause the tiny pin-size holes. Use shade netting to protect it from the heat of high summer when it can bolt and become too tangy. An excellent choice for overwintering, Arugula launches itself out of the ground quickly, hence its nickname, Rocket
. Its stimulating, tangy taste has been coveted since Roman times, and is perfect in mixed garden salads with softer-flavored greens like Mâche
, in sandwiches, as a bed for poultry or fish, and as homegrown sprouts.
Average seed life: 1 year.