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I grew arugula and actually liked it

By Penny Stine

I decided to make a salad out of the greens growing in my living room last night. I've let the peas on the farthest edge of the plant shelf grow up to be big, vining pea plants and they're keeping the little shoots from getting much sunlight, so I didn't have many pea shoots to pick. (Plus, there's the small detail of me forgetting to water them - they're kinda dry and brown.)

This pot, however, is looking fabulous. It has a few pea plants, a basil plant and a bunch of arugula. I don't know why I bought arugula seeds. I planted it before in the garden and although it grew well, no one (not even me!) really liked the way it tasted. I've had it in salads in good restaurants, however, and came across a variety description from Park Seed that said it was supposed to be sweet, so I bought some seeds and added it to my wintertime living room garden.

Arugula was the main green in my salad last night. I also added some thinly sliced cucumbers, blue cheese,  a few pea shoots and a few leaves of red-veined sorrel. (also growing in the living room greenhouse) Then I made a dressing out of olive oil, balsamic vinegar and two finely chopped medjool dates.
Even my husband loved it.

The red-veined sorrel was also an experiment and I still have seeds which I'll sow outside in the spring. I hope it will grow bigger outside. I think it's supposed to do well in the shade, and since I have tons of shade, I thought I'd try it. The leaves are good, with a lemony flavor.  


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