Great Reasons to Grow Rocket

5 great reasons to grow rocket.
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5 great reasons to grow rocket and recipes to use it in.There are many great reasons to grow Rocket which is also known as Arugula, Rucula and Italian cress!

5 great reasons:

  1. It is so easy to grow!
  2. With just a small packet of seeds a lot of rocket can be grown.
  3. It is one of the ‘cut and come again’ salads.
  4. It has many health benefits (It is an excellent source of vitamins A, B6, B12, folic acid and minerals. It is also full of antioxidants).
  5. It can be grown all year round.5 great reasons to grow rocket.

How to grow rocket indoors:

  • Rocket can be grown indoors from as early as February.
  • Choose a pot or container which is at least 10 cm in diameter with the same depth or deeper.
  • Use multi-purpose compost to fill the pot.
  • Scatter the seeds thinly over the surface of the compost.
  • Cover the seeds with a thin layer of compost and water.
  • Place the pot on a warm/sunny windowsill.
  • Water regularly!
 It really is as simple as that :)

How to grow rocket outdoors:

  • From March onwards, plant up a pot in the same way.
  • Place it right next to your kitchen door for easy access to nurture and pick.
  • It does need some shade in really hot weather.
  • Rocket is an annual herb so will die when the first frosts appear.

Harvesting:5 great reasons to grow rocket and recipes to use it in.

  • Pinch out any flowers that form to stop the plants from going to seed.
  • Pick the leaves when they are large enough. Take care not to pick the central part.
  • Harvest often as this will encourage new leaves to shoot up.
  • Cut a few leaves as you want them.

Rocket is best picked just before using as it wilts quickly.

It will keep in the fridge wrapped in plastic for up to 2 days.

Uses:

It can be slightly cooked as well as eaten raw.

Perfect in pesto! Delicious in dips! Super in salads!

Fruit and Rocket SaladGoats Cheese & Rocket Hummus is an easy to make and healthy snack for children.

Cheese and Rocket HummusApple, Pear & Rocket Salad is a fun snack for children to help make. It's healthy too.

Tuna and Rocket Bagels

Tuna and Rocket Bagel is a quick and healthy snack. Rocket is full of nutrients.

 

 Did you know:

Even the pretty flowers are edible!  Although if the plant is flowering, the leaves may taste bitter.

Young leaves are milder so pick them early if you prefer a milder flavour.

Why grow rocket with children?Rucula Rocket is hoping to encourage children to enjoy growing and eating rocket.

  • Rocket grows like a rocket!  It is so fast that only two weeks after planting, the leaves will be ready to pick for salads and sandwiches!
  • Growing rocket may increase their interest in healthy food and help them to understand plant life cycles.
  • It can introduce children to the fun of gardening.
  • They can follow an interesting experiment that is going on! –Did you know that Tim Peake has taken rocket seeds into space to sow. Children are going to compare seeds sown in space with seeds sown on earth!

Did you know that 2 kg of rocket seeds have been sent to the International Space Station to coincide with Tim Peake being there?  They will be sent back to earth and children will measure and observe the seedlings at various times and compare results with rocket seeds that have not been in space. This will hopefully enable them to find out what growing plants in space can teach us about life on Earth. What a fabulous idea!

Have you ever grown rocket? Would you grow rocket with your children?

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45 thoughts on “Great Reasons to Grow Rocket

  1. Great tips, my OH is curious about growing how own herbs so I’ll have to point him in this direction. One of the herbs I actually love the taste of! Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays! Kaye xo

  2. Looks like a great one to plant with the kids! I love the idea that it grows quickly. An excellent way to encourage a bit of green stuff into their sandwiches too.

    Thanks for sharing.
    Dawn x
    #marvmondays

  3. I love eating rocket in salads but I have never tried growing it myself. Rocket pesto is lovely as well so maybe I should give growing it a go. Thanks for sharing with us, Tracey xx #abitofeverything

  4. I was tempted to try growing rocket before reading this post, now I’m even more so. I’ve been looking for quick, easy crops for my almost-four-year-old to help grow. Didn’t realise you could get results in just two weeks. #TwinklyTuesday

  5. We have grown rocket in the garden. But not for the past couple of years. It is a handy one to grow & I love it in a salad. Thanks for the tip on not pulling the center leaves – I think that’s where I have gone wrong in the past! Thanks so much for sharing with #bloggerclubuk x

  6. This is such a great idea I never knew it was so easy and can be grown in two weeks! I love the information about rocket being sent into space so children can do a comparison I didn’t know about that.

    Thank you for linking up to #KCACOLS and I hope to see you back on Saturday 27th when the linky opens again. x

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