Seasonal: Salad rocket
Growing rocket isn’t rocket science – if you’ll pardon the pun.
It can be grown outside in your garden, but it will grow just as easily in containers or window boxes.
Supermarkets charge up to £2 for a small bag of rocket and as a result they’re racking it in. Rocket takes ten minutes to sow and will yield salad all summer long.
Grow your own
Sow anytime between March and September:
1. Use a line to mark out where you are going to sow your seeds. Sowing in a straight line helps you identify the weeds.
2.Use a trowel to dig a small trench along the line, approx 1cm deep.
3. Sow the seeds in the trench, leaving at least 3 cm between each seed.
4.Use the edge of the trowel to cover over the seeds and water well.
Harvest when the leaves are roughly the length of your finger. Don’t allow the rocket to grow tall and stringy. The more you harvest the more the rocket will grow. And at the end of the summer cover your plants and you should be able to keep cutting your salad right up until the first frost.
The peppery leaves are so delicious they are great tossed with a little olive oil and a splash of lemon. Check out our seasonal recipes for Herb Salad and Rocket and roasted vegetable salad.
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