Saturday, March 17, 2012
green fingers tips - rocket or arugula
Get rocket growing
Rocket or arugula is commonly grown in organic gardens.
Rocket's botanical name is Eruca sativa.
Here the seedlings have just germinated next to thyme and carrot.
They are about 2 days old. Rocket grows quickly and in a matter of days the plants are recognizable.
Eighteen days later the young rocket leaves are showing their true form.
Rocket grows happily in the organic vegetable garden. You can use it in salads and sauces. Arugula has a strong peppery taste. Rocket salad with sun dried tomatoes and halumi or Mozarella cheese with a mild chilli dressing is delicious.
In March the first rocket flowers made their appearance. The plants are still growing strong. Still waiting for them to make their beautiful pods. Rocket was traditionally used as a love potion, a stimulant and for clearing the stomach. Rocket contains Vitamin C and Potassium.