Rocket 'Green Brigade' is a classic salad rocket, with gorgeous thin dark leaves which are slightly savoyed. The leaves are oval when young and become more indented and peppery in flavour as they mature. Rocket is one of the easiest salads to grow and is fast growing, reaching maturity in 21-28 days after germination.
Popular in Italy and Southern France, where it has been grown and eaten for centuries, it is great added to stir-fries, tomato and pasta dishes as well as eaten fresh in salads.
|When to sow
|Sow successionally from March to September
|Where to sow
|Rocket prefers a semi shaded site with moist, nutrient rich soil.
|Sow seeds thinly in growing position either in a seed bed or a pot/container, 0.5cm(1/4in) deep in rows 23cm (9in) apart and 3cm (1 1/4in) between each seed.
|Early spring and early autumn sowings will benefit from frost protection with a cloche/fleece or by placing pot/container in a greenhouse.
|Water well, especially during periods of dry weather, and keep weed free.
|Pick the young leaves and the plant will keep generating new ones for months.
|April to November
|Plants may run to seed in very warm and dry conditions, to avoid this keep well watered and sow successionally.
|Remove any flower stems as soon as they appear to prolong the cropping period.
|Good companion: Brassicas, onions, chives, peppermint, spearmint
|Containing significant folate (folic acid) and calcium. Exceptionally high in beta carotene, vitamin C, and a good source of iron.
|Used fresh it adds a peppery note to salads, but also great added to stir-fries, tomato and pasta dishes.
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