Also known as “rocket” or “roquette,” arugula is a fast-growing, cool-season salad green that adds a tangy, mustard-like, nutty flavor to salads. Arugula is often found in mesclun mixes. Plant early or late in the growing season and you will be able to harvest as soon as 4 weeks after sowing. The seedlings are hardy and tolerate some frost. The leaves taste best when young, harvest leaves when they are about 2-3 inches long, pull up the whole plants or cut individual leaves. The white flowers are edible, sprinkle them over salads or add to vegetable stir-fries. 'Astro' is a selection of standard arugula. Leaves are less deeply lobed and exhibit a more strap-leaf shape, very early, heat tolerant. Plant in full sun to part shade. Arugula prefers cool conditions and is hardy enough to survive in many locations from late summer and early fall sowing. Days to harvest, 21 days for baby, 38 days to full size from transplant.
Andrew’s Greenhouse is a third generation family farm owned by Andy and Jacqui Cowles that now specializes in the propagation and retail sale of a wide variety of perennials, annuals, vegetables and herbs. 90% of these plants are grown in their 10 greenhouses.
The garden center is located on 150 acres in picturesque South Amherst, MA. The farm was established in 1856 and the present barn built in 1871. The Cowles family bought the farm in 1920 and over the years have raised cattle and various crops, including vegetables, strawberries and hay.
Enjoy the website, and please join Andy and Jacqui and their enthusiastic, knowledgeable employees on the farm this spring.
BIOLOGICAL CONTROL IN OUR GREENHOUSES
Integrated Pest Management (Biological Control) protects the natural enemies that help keep bad pests (aphids, whiteflies and thrips) that are common carriers of plant diseases and viruses in check. It avoids unnecessary chemical use that may endanger human health, wildlife and the environment. Broad-spectrum chemicals also damage the beneficial soil life and insect predators that keep plants healthy.
We have been using biological controls for pest management in the greenhouses for over 10 years. This program works on a preventive basis. Some beneficial insects are introduced before the first plants are placed in the greenhouse, others are day length sensitive and need to wait for longer days and warmer weather.
Watch for our ‘Good Bugs at Work’ signs designating which plants we are using to either provide a breeding ground for our beneficial insects or a food source.
Using biological controls requires patience, allowing the good bugs the time to do their task of either eating or parasitizing the bad bugs.
We do not use any neonicotinoids, and strongly believe in the importance of protecting our pollinators.
1184 South East Street, Amherst, MA 01002
Opening Early April 2021