Arugula forest

Asked March 24, 2020, 2:07 PM EDT

I neglected to remove arugula plants over the summer and a few plants went to seed. As a result, I have dozens of arugula volunteers popping up in my 10x15ft plot. They are taking over. Are they ok to eat? Can I share these volunteers with others to transplant?

Clackamas County Oregon

1 Response

The really good news. Self-sown arugula taste just as good as the original planting. (My self-sown crop lasted 4 years before petering out.)

Based on my experience, I suggest you thin the seedlings in the size plot you want - say a 2-foot X 2-foot patch-- then pull and compost the rest. (Another option for the excess beyond sharing is to dig them into the soil as if they're a cover crop.)

Then, if desired, sprinkle a bit of nitrogen fertilizer among the seedlings to give them a boost.