Episode 3: How to Harvest Arugula Grazing means pinching a couple of leaves off the plants, leaving the rest to grow. You can do this early in the season, as soon as the leaves are a couple of inches long. Later, you can cut up to 1/3 of the plant with a shears. As with grazing, the plants will grow back.
Each arugula seed produces one thin stem, which leaves grow out from. You can further your crop by cutting them back — the leaves will regenerate once or twice before getting too spicy, woody, or bitter. Arugula will grow back once cut, so don’t pull the stems.
Arugula flower buds and flowers are edible, and the petals are particularly good when snipped into summer salads.
How to harvest arugula without killing the plant. If you want to harvest baby arugula or keep your plants alive as long as possible, the best way to harvest is to pick individual leaves or practice “cut and come again” harvesting.
Here are just a few ways that I use arugula in my kitchen. Salads. On its own or mixed in with other greens, arugula makes a great salad. On pizza. Toss into soups. Toss into pasta. With eggs. Sandwiches. Grains. Roasted Vegetables.
By the time one planting has past its prime, the new one should be ready. You could also give them a little shade with shade cloth or by planting them in a spot that’s out of direct midday sun. Polyculture. When you grow multiple species in the same area they can keep the soil cooler by shading it.
Arugula Good companion plant with bush beans, beets, carrots, celery, cucumber, dill, lettuce, mint, nasturtium, onion, potato, rosemary, spinach, and thyme; but not with strawberries. This is a cool weather plant that doesn’t grow in very hot conditions.
Arugula is described as having a nutty and peppery flavor. It is used in salads. The leaves, stems, flowers, and seeds are all edible. It is a good source of vitamins A and C, which are important for eye health.
Perennial, and very heat-resistant arugula. Different species (Diplotaxis erucoides), same nutty, spicy flavor. Keep cutting and watering regularly for best flavor. Very deep-rooted–put this in a permanent bed, and cut regularly for salads.
You will know if its gone bad just by the look. The leafs will get dark and look wet. If, for some reason, you are still questioning whether or not it is good, smell it. If it smells spoiled, nasty, and the peppery smell comes off as sour, it is no good.
Because arugula plants are relatively small and have compact root systems, you can plant them close together, or even in a pot. As leafy greens they have less need for full sun and will even grow in partial shade or where tall plants create shade.
Like many vegetables, arugula needs regular watering for healthy, consistent growth and optimal flavor. Keep the soil consistently moist, watering as soon as the top 1 inch of soil feels dry. In dry climates, this may mean watering every morning.
Most leafy greens can be direct sown in the ground and the arugula plant is no exception. Like most garden plants, the secret to how to grow arugula successfully lies in what you do before you plant that seed. The arugula plant grows best in well drained soil, but it likes a lot of moisture so water frequently.
Also called rocket, arugula is available from many seed suppliers and garden centers, which commonly sell one of two types: wild Italian arugula (Eruca selvatica) and common arugula (Eruca sativa).
Arugula health benefits include protects your heart, could help control weight, improves eye health, reduces cancer risk, helps with digestion, helps control blood pressure, helps prevent diabetes, delivers vitamin K and calcium for healthy bones, good for your skin, may add years to your life, enhance athletic