Arugula Growing Guide

Arugula, also known as Rocket

Crop Rotation Group

Brassicas (Cabbage family) 

Soil

Fertile, well drained soil that holds moisture well.

Position

Full sun to partial afternoon shade.

Frost tolerant

Yes, tolerates light frosts and moderate freezes.

Feeding

Not generally required.

Companions

Beans, Dill, Lettuce, Mint, Nasturtium and Thyme.

Spacing

Single Plants: 5" (15cm) each way (minimum)
Rows: 3" (10cm) with 7" (20cm) row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Sow directly in the soil in early spring, or start indoors and set out seedlings. Arugula also makes a fine fall crop, and plants often survive winter with a protective mulch.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalized calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.

Notes

An easy salad crop that doubles as a cooked green. Flower buds are also edible. Hot weather causes leaves to become very strongly flavored.

Harvesting

Harvest young leaves as you need them for cooking. The flower buds and flower petals also are edible.

Troubleshooting

Flea beetles sometimes make small holes in leaves.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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