Saturday, April 27, 2013

Those Arugula Seeds I Gave You...

If you were lucky enough to run into one of us at a plant show this year, or the dermatologist, or the kids' school or gymnastics...
You are probably in possession of some arugula seeds.

Thank you for following the directions to get here!  Now what do you do?

The arugula seeds don't have to be buried, but...
a thin layer to cover the seeds will make the germination more consistent.  They can go in the garden or in a container.  This plant has a tap root, so they can stay close.  You will want o transplant or thin them to one plant every 3-4 inches if you are going to grow them to head size.

Arugula seeds will germinate in as little as half a day.  If it's cold they could take as long as a couple weeks, but the average is 3 days.  They have kidney-shaped seedling leaves and then form their long oval leaves with the deeply serrated sides that look similar to pansy leaves.

According to the Georgia Organics planting calendar, arugula can be grown in Georgia all year:

You can eat them raw or cooked or substitute them for spinach in any recipe.  They have a mildly nutty flavor with a little spicy bite at the end.  This is diminished considerably when arugula is cooked.

The favorite recipe at our house is "Arugula Noodles."  Another invention of mine, it's really just a variation on a theme:
Saute` chopped onion in butter
Throw in coarsly chopped arugula
Toss quickly in pan.  Arugula should turn bright green but not wilt.
Toss with noodles.  YUM!

I had a report back today that some of the seeds have been planted and are growing already!  Everybody post a picture of your arugula and what you did with it!!

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