Rocket is called by other names, such as Italian Cress or Roka, from where rocket probably came from in the first place. Popular in the UK, this is a plant you can actually grow anywhere provided the conditions are ripe.
One of the advantages of growing herbs is that most of them can be cut and planted again and the same is certainly true for the rocket. They can germinate in cooler temperatures, but if the temperature heats up it will seed even more quickly. Regardless of whether you grow them from starters, seeds or cuttings, you may slice several leaves or even the entire plant and expect it to sprout again.
After you have begun growing herbs like rockets you need to be aware of the quality of the flavors that come from their leaves. The newer and younger ones tend to be somewhat spicy, but nowhere near as hot as when left to mature. If you want your rocket fiery, wait for them to mature or grow them when it is very warm.
As with other growing herbs, the rocket has certain pests and bugs that get attracted to it, and one of the most common is that of the beetle. To get rid of it, you may use crop covers. Of course, planting these herbs necessitate good soil and proper drainage. Making a good draining system requires you to dig up the ground and fuse some sand with the soil. Of course, allowing it to get plenty of sunshine is also crucial to help foster its proper cultivation.
If you want to start growing herbs in an organic manner, it would do well to try and keep your garden free from garbage or other materials that may attract other insects and cause infections. A lot of organic gardeners make use of the yellow stick bar to prevent insects from spreading in the garden, and this is something you may want to use when growing herbs like these.
After you have spent your time nurturing the rocket, you can start to harvest it when the leaves start growing. They are often used in several types of salads, but they can be added to sandwiches and bread. Their extra flavor will give any dish a unique taste.
By growing herbs like rocket in an organic manner as described above, you assure yourself and your family not only of having savory and scrumptious food but also ones that are safe from any side effect pesticides may produce.
Originally posted 2009-07-14 16:06:43.