Very hardy salad style vegetable that is easy to grow. Sometimes goes under the names of Roquette or Arugula .
Rocket growing in the greenhouse in Winter.
It has similar growing characteristics to lettuce but is able to withstand hotter weather better than lettuce. It can also withstand mild frosts.
CultivationHandles a variety of soil and pH conditions but does best in a rich well watered soil with plenty of compost. Here in Ballarat it can be planted virtually all year round. Plant directly into the soil in rows or clumps, then thin out. Can also be grown in pots, just as long as it gets plenty of water. Decor self watering pots are ideal for growing Rocket. Though it can be planted as a seedling it does not transplant that well.
culinary usesMainly eaten as a salad vegetable, either straight or mixed with lettuce leaves. Some people do cook with it but I have never done so.