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Arugula (Eruca vesicaria) is a species of flowering plants in the Brassicaceae (mustard and cabbage) family and normally grown as a leafy green vegetable. Also commonly referred to as rocket and eruca, it contains many cultivated varieties grown both commercially and in home gardens.

Arugula is usually grown as a cool-weather crop that is typically planted early in the spring and then again in the late summer or fall, it can be grown from seed and harvested from eight to 10 weeks of age.

Want to try you hand at growing your own? Be sure to read our 101 guide or peruse the various tips found in the articles below. Happy gardening!

How to Identify and Treat 5 Common Arugula Diseases

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Arugula is generally a tough, resilient plant, but if disease happens to come its way, acting fast is crucial. To do that, you need to know what to watch for and what to do if you see problems. This guide explains 5 common arugula diseases, from downy mildew to bacterial leaf spot, and how to deal with them.

How and When to Harvest Arugula

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Are you growing arugula in your garden and wondering when and how to harvest it for crispy leaves with the tastiest flavor? Find out how to pick baby greens for a mild flavor or enjoy a peppery kick from more mature leaves. Get the best out of your greens and learn how and when to harvest arugula. Read more now.

How to Plant and Grow Arugula in Your Veggie Patch

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Zesty, nutritious, and delicious, Arugula is a “don’t miss” crop for the garden. This straightforward salad green is easy to grow, takes very little space, and is ready to eat in just a few short weeks! Learn all about growing and harvesting arugula now.

How to Identify and Manage 15 Common Arugula Pests

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Arugula is a leafy green in the Brassicaceae family and as such can fall victim to the same pests that prey on other cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, kale, broccoli, and Swiss chard. Learn how to identify and control 15 of the most common arugula pests and enjoy your best harvest in this guide. Read more now.

9 of the Best Arugula Varieties for Your Vegetable Patch

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Nothing tastes better than fresh, homegrown arugula. Did you know that there are numerous varieties to choose from, each with a slightly different flavor, texture, or color? We round up nine of the best varieties of arugula for you to grow in your vegetable garden this season. Learn more about our favorites now.