How to grow rocket

Your simple guide on how to grow and harvest rocket, plus three great recipes for using it in your kitchen.

How to grow rocket

Rocket adds a distinctive peppery flavour to salads. Dress leaves with salt, lemon, olive oil and vinegar or serve with fresh Parmesan.

Growing
Forget the propagator, this is easy to sow (at 1cm depth) from seed directly into larger pots from late spring to August. Seedlings will appear in about a week. Thin the plants to keep 20cm apart. Put in light shade.

Harvesting
Leaves are ready to pick after about 30 days. For a continuous supply, sow a new pot every couple of weeks.

How to eat it
Enjoy rocket’s peppery taste in an array of savoury dishes such as pizza, pasta, pesto to name a few. Still stuck for recipe ideas? Try one of these…

Mozzarella bruschetta with rocket drizzle

Cod, prawn, pea and rocket fishcakes

Easy wholewheat spaghetti with rocket and goat’s cheese pesto

Find more rocket recipes here.

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