Thinning the Arugula

The arugula I planted in the spring was a fail.  Most of what I planted never came up and the seeds that did germinate didn’t grow well.

So for our fall planting I tried sowing the seeds more thickly, in case we had poor germination again.  This time I think every seed I planted must have come up.

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So I’ve spent a lot of time thinning it out.

Before and after thinning.

Before and after thinning.

The benefit of that is having lots of baby arugula to eat.

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It’s so good that I may plant it this way intentionally from now on.

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18 comments on “Thinning the Arugula

  1. Joanna says:

    Isn’t that always the way 😀

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  2. I say each year that I will plant Arugula but have not yet. I like the taste very much. Yours looks quite healthy.

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  3. bobraxton says:

    In 1950’s for small seeds like turnips and radishes we used to mix into crushed limestone in a metal (zinc coated) bucket and then “sow” that – so the seeds would fall more dispersed (in theory). Of course those were not planted in rows.

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    • bobraxton says:

      event ‪#‎Sewanee‬ on Nov.11. Come and take part in discussions, presentations and group design centered around a more spirit-honoring food system, featuring a presentation by Dr. Norman Wirzba and a panel discussion on “Sowing, Growing, Feeding & Composting.”
      Also, Dr. Wirzba’s public lecture on Nov. 10 at The School of Theology at The University of the South.

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    • Bill says:

      We used to mix the seed with sand. I have a neighbor who mixes it with fertilizer. I’m crummy at broadcasting, which is one of the reasons I switched to rows. But my broadcast kale looks great this year.

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  4. Baby greens probably sell better here than regular full leaf lettuce, at least in the fall and spring. But I agree with Joanna, ain’t that always the way.

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    • Bill says:

      We’re taking lots of baby greens to market tomorrow–bok choy, arugula, mustard greens, komatsuna, tatsoi and kale. Hoping I didn’t spend all day picking and washing it for nothing. 🙂

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  5. shoreacres says:

    I’m just sure there’s a way to transform “Bringing in the Sheaves” into “Thinning Out the Greens.” I’ll have to work on that. 🙂

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  6. avwalters says:

    I love the yield of that kind of garden maintenance.

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  7. reneeliamrhys says:

    Over here in Australia we call this Rocket and indeed nothing beats fresh from the garden.
    Alexa blogging from Sydney, Australia
    Alexa-asimplelife.com

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    • Bill says:

      I think Rocket is the name it’s given in the rest of the English-speaking world. “Arugula” stuck here supposedly as a misspelling or mispronunciation of the Italian word. Whatever it’s called, it’s good eating!

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