Growing arugula is very simple. Remember that this is a plant which, in many places, can grow as a weed or “weed”. It is also a plant that adapts well to different climates, since arugula can be sown from early spring to late autumn, including hot summer.
It is also good to know that with its enormous nutritional value, it is a versatile plant in terms of cooking. You can prepare very good salads, or the famous arugula pesto, a somewhat bellicose variant of the classic basila little more bitter and even a little spicy.
How to plant arugula
We have often been asked how to plant arugula, and the truth is that although we have already talked about this plant in several articles, we have never focused on its cultivation for the simple reason that it is one of the easier.
What we are going to do, whether we do it on the terrace or if what we want is to sow arugula in pots, it will be to bury the seeds about 3 centimeters or so and at a distance of 3 fingers between seeds. This way we make sure they have enough space to grow.
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- a good old-fashioned bean with vigorous growth
- with a pungent and slightly nutty flavor
- young leaves are softer and smoother
- sow in the ground, oblong or in rows spaced 15 cm apart or in a bucket
- harvest 6-8 weeks after sowing
It is not a plant that needs a lot of care. Of course, like most crops, it needs a well-drained substrate to avoid waterlogging, rot and fungus.
Watering should be regular but not excessive. Watering once every two days, especially during the hottest time of the year, is sufficient.
Sun or shade?
We can plant arugula anywhere. It is a plant that adapts very well to semi-shaded spaces, as well as those shade crops or very shade-tolerant, such as spinach or Swiss chard. This will also contribute to its flavor, as too much sun in the summer can make the leaves quite bitter.
Some people ask us when to plant arugula. The answer is that it actually never needs to be transplanted, but rather it is planted where the plant itself will remain. Therefore, it is not necessary to make a seedbed, and the shape of the plant itself adapts well to the soil when planting, while being fragile for a possible transplant.
When it reaches an average size, which can be around 30 or 40 days old, you can start picking its leaves to eat them. This is because it is one of the so-called rapid culturesthat is, those that grow in a matter of weeks.
What I do is take the larger leaves to let the smaller ones continue to grow, more or less from day 40 after sowing.
Arugula cultivation can be attacked by certain pests such as aphids, as well as by certain fungi such as powdery mildew or diseases such as rustwhich can affect its leaves and roots.
The aphid can be controlled in several ways. One of the most recommended is buy live ladybugs. These little animals, in addition to being beautiful, feed on aphidsso that they can carry out effective biological control.
Powdery mildew is easy to spot because it produces white spots on the leaf surface. It can be treated with nettle porridge Where horsetail porridge. I leave you the videos on how to prepare the two fungicides.
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- With regular application, it improves soil structure and water holding capacity.
- Better root development
- Pest reduction
- It facilitates the propagation and maintenance of the microorganisms necessary for a healthy soil.
Rust is a disease caused by different fungi of the genus puccinia Yes Melampsora. It is detected by small bumps on its leaves, which may also begin to fall off. This disease can attack the whole plant, not just the leaves.
To prevent this, it is best to avoid wetting the leaves when watering and to ensure good soil drainage. And for its treatment, with nettle manure or horsetail manure, we have the mixture ofneem oil with sodium bicarbonate, very effective, and the milk fungicide.
What are you waiting for?
In conclusion, it is a plant that grows quickly, is very nutritious and adapts quite well to climate and resources, and requires practically no maintenance. What are you waiting for to plant arugula in your garden?
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