How to grow arugula for salads at home: simple method
Growing herbs on your own windowsill is a fascinating and rewarding hobby. Watching a seed turn into a succulent plant is very interesting. Besides, it brings a tasty and nutritious harvest. And one of the best species to start without any gardening skills is arugula.
This pungent, bright-tasting plant contains a large dose of B vitamins, as well as vitamins C, A, K, E, T, folic acid, potassium, magnesium, zinc, iron, selenium and other nutrients. OBOZ.UA tells you how to sow it correctly and what conditions to create for it to grow on your window.
Arugula grows best on neutral to slightly alkaline soils. This means that a universal potting mix for growing indoor plants will be a good choice for it. In addition, this herb does not require separate fertilization when grown at home, which means that you do not have to deal with fertilizers.
To sow arugula, take a container 10-12 centimeters high and place a small layer of drainage on the bottom. It will protect the plant from root rot and provide good air access to the roots. Next, fill the container with soil, place the seeds in it to a depth of 2-3 centimeters and water them.
Arugula germinates best in greenhouse conditions, so cover the container with the seeds with plastic wrap. Then place it in a warm and well-lit place, but not in direct sunlight. When the plant hatches, remove the film. For the first 10 days after germination, water the seedlings quite moderately (the soil should be barely moist, but the top layer should not dry out either). Later, you can switch to full watering.
Arugula can be consumed as a microgreen, harvested in the first 5-7 days after germination, or it can be grown to the state of a young plant. This will take about 25-30 days. Very dense seedlings should be thinned out in any case. But do not rush to throw away the sprouts as they are also very tasty and nutritious.
Earlier, OBOZ.UA told you how to grow cucumbers in a wooden barrel.