Patio container gardening is a very popular way to grow a wide variety of plants including vegetables, herbs, fruits and flowers. This type of gardening allows those who don't have the room or inclination to plant a tradition style garden, to still have fresh, healthy, home grown food. A container garden can be as large or as small as you choose. Mixing containers planted with a variety of plants can create a beautiful, eye catching garden. If you only have a small area such as a patio, balcony or porch, container gardening is the perfect option.

Gardening is a wonderful activity for the entire family. Growing your own food allows you to control any chemical exposure your plants may get. When growing any edible plant do not use pesticides, insecticides and all other harmful or toxic chemicals.

It is a leafy green vegetable used in salads and cooking. Arugula is high in Vitamin C and potassium. Arugula is a favorite of Italian cooks. Arugula has a strong earthy, peppery taste. Using Arugula can really liven up a boring salad and add a new taste to many dishes.

Choosing and Using a Container

Choose your patio garden container. The container should be at least 10 to 12 inches in diameter and 6 inches deep.

Fill the container with potting soil.

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Make a mixture of compost and garden soil. The mixture should be on the heavier side towards compost.

Placement

Place your patio container in an area of full sun if you live in an area that is not consistently over 90° or partially shady if the temperatures are consistently over 90°.

Planting

Plant Arugula-seeds in the spring once nighttime temperatures are over 55°.

Arugula seeds should be planted approximately 1/2 of an inch deep and approximately 1 inch apart. Plants can be thinned out later if, it is too crowded.

Plant Arugula plants in mid to late spring, again once nighttime temperatures are consistently over 55°. Plant Arugula plants just over the root line and 3 to 4 inches apart.

Care

Water Arugula plants or seeds regularly. Do not let the soil dry out completely. Water Arugula in the morning, before the full strength of the sun is shining on the Arugula plants. Do not water at night because the wet soil can cause the roots to rot.

When Arugula plants are about 6 to 8 inches tall, pick leaves as needed for salads and cooking. The leaves will grow back and produce more leaves throughout the growing season. Rotate the plants you are harvesting to keep a constant supply.