How to Grow Salad rocket

3 Easy Steps to Success!

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Sow: April-September

Plant: April-October

Harvest: May-December

About

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.
 

Sow

  • 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.  

 

Care

  • 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.

 

Harvest

  • 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!

 

Eat

  • 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.