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Growing Arugula and Other Greens in Containers

June 22, 2016

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Arugula thrives in containers. The ‘Rocket’ seeds germinated in three days. Here it is at the micro green stage only 14 days after planting. Today, five days later it is at the baby arugula stage. 

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The birds that frequent my garden feast on baby arugula so I prop up a garden tray well above the 12 inch container or use a lightweight row cover. 

Other greens that I’ve grown in containers include Tuscan kale (in the winter), Swiss chard, and mesclun lettuce. Check the links.

Even in you don’t have a garden, you can grow greens on a sunny balcony or patio. They don’t need full sun; part sun or dappled shade will do. I move the pots around to increase exposure to sun or give needed shade in hot weather.

Choose high quality organic potting soil and mix in some compost if you have it. Choose a mesclun mix or grow your favorite greens. Sow seeds thickly. Arugula is very easy and tolerant of summer growing conditions.

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Cut with scissors at the micro green stage or when when two to four inches tall. Harvests will continue for several months. Fertilize with an organic liquid fertilizer once or twice if you have it. Replant if the plants get tired or bolt. Summer greens can be as near as your balcony or porch.

Just think of the salads.  Arugula greens here with other garden veggies.

Growing Arugula

In My San Diego Garden and Kitchen 6-20-16