How to Grow Salad rocket
3 Easy Steps to Success!
A lovely warming peppery flavour, which is a great addition to winter salads. Sow from August to October for a winter/spring crop. Tolerates mild frosts.
Choose a site or pot with moist but well-drained soil, in full sun to partial shade. Provide shade in summer to avoid bolting (where the plant develops flowers then seeds and the taste changes).
Make sure not to plant them where other brassicas (e.g. broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, cabbage, turnips, kale, kohlrabi) have grown in the last 3-4 years to avoid disease.
Plant out about 10 cm apart, or 4 per square foot, for the best yield.
Water well after planting.
Keep soil moist but don’t overwater or it can ‘dilute’ the taste. Mulch if possible to keep moist and weed free.
Keep an eye out for pests, weeds & disease & use natural methods to treat or prevent.
Salad Rocket can be grown as a cut-and-come-again crop. Pick a few leaves from each plant, over a long period. The flowers are edible too or you can leave them to help the bees!
Add to salads, juice or stir-fry your harvest! Leaves have a characteristic peppery flavour, and are used raw in salads or cooked for stir-fries.