Often growing rocket is one the first vegetables people tend to grow. That’s because it’s quick and easy to grow. There is nothing nicer then to eat a home-grown rocket.
There are a few different types of rocket: oak leaved, broad leaved and a Mediterranean rocket.
Growing Rocket – Soil
Dig the soil in autumn and add plenty of well rotted manure or compost. A couple of weeks before sowing or planting rake the soil and make a fine tilth seed bed and apply a scattering of chicken pellets.
Growing Rocket – Sowing
You need to direct sow rocket, make a drill in the soil about 1 to 2cm deep and sow the rocket seed very thinly along the seed drill. Cover the seeds lightly and water the seed drill.
Tip: you don’t need to sow the whole packet. The packet of seeds often will last for 4 sowings or more – depending on the length of row.
If you want to keep growing rocket continuously then you need to sow a row every 2 or 3 weeks. This stops you having a glut of rocket all at the same time.
Growing Rocket – looking after the crop
Rocket grows quickly and needs plenty of water to produce the best rocket for you. Mulch around the plants – with grass clippings – to keep the weeds down and keep the soil full of moisture.
Very hot weather will encourage rocket to start bolting which means it will produce a flower-head and go to seed.
Growing Rocket – Harvesting
You can pick the rocket as the leaves become mature and then just pick the leaves as you need them Alternatively you can do what my hubby does which is to cut them rocket off and just cut enough to have for your meal. Sometimes the rocket re-grows and if it doesn’t – it doesn’t matter as you need to sow it continuously.
It’s well worth growing rocket in your garden.