The Q&A Archives: Growing Arugula and Cress in South Florida

Question: I'd like to grow Arugula and Cress (garden or water) in zone 10. I know I should wait until fall to plant, but can I do anything this summer?

Answer: Prepare your soil in late summer by adding compost and building raised beds to facilitate drainage. You can direct sow into the garden when daytime temperatures cool into the 70's. I know this may be a problem in south Florida, so in order to get seeds to germinate, you may need to try shading the soil with some type of a homemade suspended row cover. Use your imagination on this one! Some cool season veggies get really upset when we try to get them to come up in the warm days of fall in the south. After seeds are up and have two true leaves you can remove the shade.

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