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Posted by on Sep 15, 2015 | 0 comments

Easy Fall Gardening: Arugula

Easy Fall Gardening: Arugula

If you’re a relatively new gardener (like me) looking for something easy to grow this fall, arugula is the answer. My friend Catherine (whose amazing garden you can see here) encouraged me to grow arugula from seed and I’m happy to report, it was just as easy as she said it would be.

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First, I made sure my garden beds had good quality soil in a sunny area (I used Leaf Gro mixed in with the existing soil). I dug two shallow rows, about 2 feet long each, sprinkled in the seeds, covered the seeds with dirt, and kept them well-watered for the next week.

Sure enough, about a week later, the seedlings started to peek up.

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I watched the seedlings for another week before I starting thinning them out to give them more space to grow.

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After about 3 weeks total, the arugula was sporting some nice big leaves and it was time to enjoy the first harvest.

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Catherine says the leaves will fill back in as you pick them, offering a continuous supply of greens throughout the fall. Easy enough.

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Now I’ll eat arugula any time I can — in a salad, with a burger, on top of pizza, pureed into pesto — picked fresh from my back yard.

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Have any tips for easy fall vegetables? We’d love to learn more about what you’re growing.

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