12 Reasons To Grow Your Own Rocket

May 20, 2008

I’ve been thinking about planting a few things when I move up to university again in August – and this just convinced me!

It’s shamelessly copied from the Times Online website…

  1. It’s an aphrodisiac. During Roman times, when it grew in Mediterranean regions, it was considered the perfect ingredient to give your sex life a boost.
  2. You don’t need a garden. A window box, or even something smaller, like the plastic packaging container that you get strawberries in, will do. Throw some stones or old wine corks in the bottom and add some compost.
  3. It doesn’t need much attention. You sprinkle seeds on wet compost, then sprinkle some more compost over the top. Water again, and you’re off. Once well established you can abandon it for weeks on end and it will manage fine. For more detailed instructions, see this guide in Gardener’s World.
  4. It grows like a weed. And it self seeds so if you plant it in your garden, you’ll find patches of it cropping up all over the place.
  5. It’s good for you. Especially if you minimize the time between picking it and eating it, which is easy if it’s growing metres from your kitchen. Fresh rocket leaves contain iron and vitamin C.
  6. You don’t have to be limited to salads. You can cook it, treating it the same as spinach.
  7. Bagged rocket from the supermarket is a rip-off. Say you bought a £2 bag of rocket once a week from May until September, that would cost you £46. One packet of organic rocket seeds costs £1.49.
  8. You can make your own pesto. Either in a food blender, or do what I do and bash up some pine kernals, then add garlic, salt and roughly chopped rocket and grind it in a large pestle and mortar, or in a mixing bowl with a rolling pin. Add olive oil and lots of grated parmesan. It’ll keep for a few weeks, sealed in a jam jar in the fridge. For a more accurate recipe, see here.
  9. It makes you feel green fingered. Sticking with something that is easy to grow does wonders for your gardening self-esteem. A thriving bed of greens promises of success with future venture.
  10. You can sow almost anytime. From early spring to late autumn, with the exception perhaps of the height of summer when it might run to seed
  11. It grows quickly. None of this wait-two-years-before-you-eat-it-palava that you have with rhubarb and raspberry canes.
  12. The more you eat the more it seems to grow. This is because most types of rocket are ‘cut and come again’
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