planting arugula…full sun/part shade germination 5-7 days 40 days to harvest
Starting seeds on your sunny windowsill gives the hope that spring is just around the corner.
Make sure to check your seed packets for instructions but keep in mind you may need to make adjustments given your situation. In Brooklyn we have itty bitty windowsills, although some people are lucky to have a slice o’ backyard land or a plot in a community garden… if you can make an outdoor hoop tent to start some heartier veggies outside rock on! Get to it! We want to see what you’re up to!
Now back to our itty-bitty windowsill and the arugula…
When starting seeds it is best to work with a wet soil mixture that is almost a dry mud consistency – this makes filling your peat pots and seed handling go much smoother – and alleviates the settling that would occur with the first watering…I highly recommend this. Once the seeds are in and soaking up some warm sunny late winter rays of vitamin D you will start to see some sprouting action… this is where it gets ugly.
Survival of the fittest… this IS important:
Once your seeds are all germinating and sprouting and doing their thing along comes the thinning of the herd… I know, no one ever wants to and almost always tries to avoid the slaughter but you really want to keep the strongest seedlings to plant in your containers, pots, raised beds… (as mentioned yesterday, more on that soon enough.. all in due time!) Another thing to keep in mind…we are in Brooklyn, not Kansas & we are not planting rows of corn… real estate is a hot commodity so planting seedlings closer than the recommended 6” apart, well is just necessary and really won’t do too much harm to your harvest.
Reseed your Arugula patch every 2-3 weeks for a continuous harvest right up until a month before your frost date – here in Brooklyn we usually get a frost the week of Thanksgiving.
Arugula is ready to harvest in about 40 days. Harvest leaves from the outside in to the center of the plant. The flowers are edible and have a spicy radish like taste to them. Stay tuned to watch our lettuce patch take shape… we’ll keep you updated along the way!