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Post  barbarella67 on 3/21/2010, 3:05 pm

Can someone tell me how many to plant per sq ft?

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Post  Daylily13 on 3/21/2010, 3:29 pm

I planted 4 per square foot.

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Post  barbarella67 on 3/21/2010, 3:58 pm

that's what we thought it should be. thx!

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Post  donnainzone5 on 3/21/2010, 4:01 pm

Whatever you do, don't let arugula go to seed, or you'll have an arugula farm!

That said, how much do you like this culinary weed? I usually grow two in a square foot, along with two lettuces. Just guessing, I think four per sf is about right.
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Post  barbarella67 on 3/21/2010, 5:00 pm

It's my husband who is tending the garden right now. I haven't eaten arugula that much, but I'm sure it will be a nice addition. He went ahead and planted 4.

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Post  Nicola on 6/2/2010, 7:36 pm

I'm glad I did a search! I was thinking more like 9 per square, never having grown it before. On another site (Front Yard Food) people were talking how yummy arugula flowers are, so I figured I'd try that. Now I consider myself warned to only grow 4/square, and don't let any go to seed, (i.e., eat those flowers I'm gonna let happen!) Thanks.
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Post  martha on 6/2/2010, 10:06 pm

arugula can be spicy hot! the larger the leaves get, the spicier. I agree with Donnainzone10 - they will reseed enthusiastically.

What I do with arugula is broadcast seed and pick them while they are quite small.

Or, if there are milder varieties that don't get so hot - let me know!!!
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Post  L&K-IL on 6/2/2010, 10:31 pm

I did 4 per SF. Harvest it when the leaves plus stems are about 3" long. I let mine go longer (too long) and it bolted QUICK. From seed to harvest tonight was 27 days, and two of the plants have bolted.
You should keep the soil moist as well. The hotter/drier it gets, the faster it will bolt. We've barely broken 80 here if that gives you any idea. It's really much better in the shade vs. full sunlight.

I like the taste, and yes it is peppery and spicy. It tastes amazing on a homemade pizza with arugula and prosciutto with a white wine or light sauce. Yummy!

I'll probably pull mine out before it dumps seeds and plant something else.

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Post  martha on 6/2/2010, 10:53 pm

I like the idea of it on pizza - thanks! (Prosciutto doesn't sound bad, either!)
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Post  chocolatepop on 6/2/2010, 11:00 pm

i did 9/sg because i pick em small. and they are DELISH
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Post  plb on 6/3/2010, 3:22 am

I put about 16 per square because I like to pick it when it's still small. It seems to be growing just fine.

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Post  Icemaiden on 6/3/2010, 4:59 am

The very best way to plant it is deeply... about six foot deep should do the trick

I really can't stand the stuff, give me watercress any day

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Post  PeggyC on 6/3/2010, 9:39 am

@Icemaiden wrote:The very best way to plant it is deeply... about six foot deep should do the trick

I really can't stand the stuff, give me watercress any day

I agree. grew the stuff last year. what a waste of squares!! This year it's spinach all the way!
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Post  Nicola on 8/25/2010, 10:14 pm

... and even my arugula, until I just noticed one little white flower in their square yesterday. Guess I better keep my word, and start munching flowers soon. I've decided that it's okay, flavor-wise, but not as exiting as I was expecting/hoping.
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Post  miinva on 8/26/2010, 12:13 pm

I think it's delicious when picked small, but the bigger leaves don't have the depth of flavor, they just get spicy, in my opinion.

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Post  greenhome on 6/30/2013, 11:45 am

I adore arugula, so there's never too much for me! I'm glad someone has tried 16 per square, that's what I'll do next time.

I'm also glad that it sows itself; so does dill and it's just a matter of leaving it alone to get an annual (and early) harvest.

I add a few leaves to the salad, and it makes a great pesto. 

Like most great foods, it's an acquired taste. I mean, no one is born craving caviar either!
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Post  gwennifer on 6/30/2013, 3:09 pm

Thanks for the bump on this. (I miss Martha, who commented on this thread!) I do need to try growing arugula again. We used to have another member who sowed mini salad squares every week. Three little rows per square: One row of lettuce, one row of arugula, and then I think a row of radishes? Always meant to try that. I had great success with a couple of squares of micro greens one year that I simply scattered thickly all across the squares and then cut down with scissors when everything was only a couple of inches tall. They grew right back and I cut again. I bet I'd have better luck growing arugula that way then when I tried spacing them and getting full size plants before.
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Post  greenhome on 6/30/2013, 3:27 pm

This summer, I'm growing mesclun by scattering it over a whole square. 

For my fall plantings, I might include some arugula seeds in some of the squares, though unlike some I do like it fully grown, and the flowers are a beautiful and succulent addition to the salad.
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Post  donnainzone5 on 6/30/2013, 4:17 pm

Let one plant go to seed, and you'll have the arugula farm of your dreams!
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Post  greenhome on 6/30/2013, 6:12 pm

Good! Then I can start an arugula business!

It grew wild on my (alkaline soil) farm in Mexico, but seemed to limit itself to certain areas there. I never saw it invade the vegetable beds. 

I don't know how it will do in the acidic soil in the thick meadow that adjoins my SFG. I would love to have it establish itself there, along with dill and the existing dandelions and wild strawberries, which I also eat.

And if it sprouts in my SFG beds, well I will just pluck it and eat it!
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