Wild Rocket Seed Pads - Seed
A salad is not complete without Rocket!
These handy seed pads are ready for use. Sow a seed pad every 3 weeks and you can look forward to harvesting fresh and tasty Rocket all through the summer.Sowing method
Sow under glass in February. Sow outdoors from March to June. You can easily grow your own Rocket or Arugula with these handy circular seed pads (diam. 8 cm). Fill a pot (at least 8 cm diameter) with potting compost. Lay one seed pad on top, cover lightly with some potting compost, and press firmly down, then water regularly. The seed will germinate within 7-10 days, depending on temperature. One seed pad is sufficient to fill a pot.
Rocket has been cultivated in southern Europe since the Middle Ages but only been of interest in northern Europe since 1981. Wild Arugula is also called rocket salad and belongs to the family Brassicaceae or Cruciferae. The paper on the seed pad will gradually decompose and is totally harmless.Use
Freshly picked Rocket can be kept in the 'fridge for up to 5 days in a closed plastic bag. Rocket tastes vaguely of walnut, is rich in vitamin C and adds a special accent when mixed with other salad greens. You can also add it to stew with other vegetables and it is great for using on the top of a Pizza or prawn cocktail. Delicious!
In hot weather water more often to ensure the steady growth of the rocket. If it starts to bolt (forming flower stalks) remove the stem immediately so that it preserves its good flavour.
On patio or decking.
These pots of rucola/rocket can be stood outdoors. Acclimatise them by standing them in a shady spot for an hour longer every day. After 5 days they will be ready to stay outdoors in a sunny, partly shaded spot. For convenience, keep them near the kitchen door or window and then you will always have fresh herbs to hand.
The Rocket is easy to pick. Just cut or pinch off as and when you need it. Take only what you need and leave the base of the plant intact so that it can continue to grow. The Rocket is very aromatic and the flavour is popular in many dishes. The more you harvest the more it will grow. Occasionally remove any thickened stems as they will tend to become woody which is a sign of beginning to ‘bolt’, which is common in salads in summer and can vary by variety. If this happens it is still edible but has a bitter taste. Try to harvest before this happens. To harvest your Rocket (Argula) is cut or picked per leaf.