Characteristics: A biennial, Arugula is a delicious green that is very high in nutrients. Possessing a very peppery taste, it's wonderful in salads and on pizzas!
Light: Arugula enjoys sun, but also appreciates a little shade during hot sunny summer days. Heat causes arugula to bolt faster; for this reason, many gardeners prefer to plant arugula in the fall when days are still relatively long, with gradually cooling temperatures.
Water: Evenly-moist soil will slow bolting. Arugula prefers lots of regular watering.
Soil: Arugula enjoys rich soil high in organic matter, but will tolerate less-than-ideal soil conditions.
Use: Arugula is a delicious edible green that delivers a distinct peppery flavor. Toss some leaves in salads or on a pizza right after it comes out of the oven, for an added kick.
Extras: This herb is very easy to grow and is therefore great for beginners. Give it a try!