Growing Arugula - Benefits and Instructions


Benefits of Growing Arugula

  • MedicinalArugula may help prevent macular degeneration because it’s high in carotenoids like beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin. These are known to protect the retina, cornea and other delicate parts of the eyes from UV damage and other effects.
  • Nutritional Profile - An excellent source of vitamin C and K, it is also loaded with folate and antioxidants.
  • Use in: Fresh salads, pesto, sandwiches, soups, stews, pizza.
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Growing Instructions


Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
Soil:  Soil pH of 6.0-7.0. Arugula will grow well in any rich garden soil.
Moisture: Avoid over-watering, but keep the soil moist. Arugula will bolt to seed if the soil dries out. Just make sure to water the base of the plant and avoid watering the leaves too much to prevent disease and pests.
Planting: Plant every 2-3 weeks to ensure a constant supply. Prefers a cool soil temperature for germination (4-13 degrees C).
Spacing:   Plant 4 Arugula plants per square foot of growing space using Square Foot Gardening Method.  Or plant in rows 3 inches apart.
Sow seeds: Sow seed in early spring, covering lightly with 1⁄8 inches of soil. 



Begin cutting leaves at 2 inches tall. Flowers are edible as well.


Store in a resealable plastic bag and using damp — not wet — paper towels to provide moisture; the paper towels will also soak up any extra moisture while keeping the arugula from drying out. Alternatively arugula can be blanched and frozen, or turned into a flavorful pesto that can also be frozen for longer storage. 


Bush bean, beet, carrot, celery, cucumber, lettuce, onion, potato, spinach.

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