Little Veggie Patch Co Heirloom Seeds - Rocket 'Salad'
Easy to grow - at most times of the year - salad rocket is one of the first leafy greens to enter our veggie patches. A mildly spicy flavour, that increases in pungency as it shoots its flower heads, it can be productive for a number of months through the flowering process. Being part of the brassica family it is also a favoured crop for the white cabbage moth, however they are not as vivacious towards this variety as some others.
When to Plant
Zone 1: September - May
Zone 2: September - June
Zone 3: Anytime
Zone 4: March - September
Soil Prepare with compost and well-rotted manure. Fresh manure has a tendency to burn younger rocket seedlings, so ensure what you apply is mellowed out or leave to settle for 1-2 weeks before planting.
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 6.8
Position Full sun preferred, but will tolerate some shade
How to Plant Use a free draining soil well integrated with compost or good quality potting mix when growing in pots. Sow seeds directly into the patch during the warmer periods of autumn and spring, otherwise propagate in a seed tray and transplant once condition become suitable. Cut flower heads to help promote new growth. A reliable self seeder.
Companion plants Tomato, Spring Onions
Approximate no. of seeds 150
Note: We source all of our seeds locally and in small batches to ensure they remain at their maximum viability for germination
**Shipping - Not to Western Australia**
Much like an heirloom possession - being something of value that has been passed down from generation to generation - heirloom seeds have a value and represent our heritage of diverse plants whether in relation to their yield, flavour, resistance to disease or something else entirely. They have been saved year by year, generation by generation for a reason.
An heirloom seed is an old variety (by definition pre-dating 1960’s) that is open pollinated, by either wind, insect or animal (humans included). Seeds collected will then produce a (nearly) exact copy of their parent plant, so by saving seeds from last season’s best tomato plant, we can enjoy a whole garden of them this year. In this way, we can slowly select for qualities that we like and evolve our gardens over time.