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    Default Arugula/Rocket

    Arugula, also known as Rocket, is a great plant for fall flowering. I planted some 10 years ago and it is still reseeding itself every year. Just scatter the dried plants where you want it to grow next spring. The tiny seeds will fall and grow just about anywhere. It starts flowering in mid-summer and keeps flowering until there is a hard freeze. My bees loved it and worked those flowers hard until it was just too cold to come outside.

    This plant is related to the cabbage/broccoli. It makes a nice salad green. The flowers are small white or yellow clusters, very pretty. I bought one seed pack that was advertised as 'wild' arugula. Never had to buy new seed. It is supposed to be an annual, but it is very frost resistant, and often the roots will survive and grow back the following spring.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eruca_sativa

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    Default Re: Arugula/Rocket

    Maybe mine is not the wild type. The roots will not survive and grow back the next Spring.
    The seeds will overtake my garden area, very invasive here. Spent 2 years to finally get rid of them. They have the white flowers not yellow.
    One year they bloomed all Spring long and no bees on them at all. Why? Because there are better options out
    there for my bees. The wild mustard and other fruit trees provide more that they cannot resist. I ruled out the
    rocket since. Dumped 2 big seed bags into the compost hole. Borage is invasive too that the bees like only in the summer dearth. When the wild mustard is blooming they don't even go near the blooming nearby Borage. The yellow blooming oxalis that others have seen bees on, mine will not work on those either as they have better options out there now. I can see that during a dearth the bees will work on what they have nearby. Try to grow some wild mustard in your garden and see if your bees will even go near the Arugula. If you need the wild mustard seeds I can send you some too.
    Don't mix foreign bees into a virgin hive. She might get balled 100% of the time! When will you ever learn, huh?

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    Default Re: Arugula/Rocket

    They mainly seem to go to the rocket in the late fall, as you mentioned when there is not much else. I was impressed by how many frosts it survived, and the bees kept coming back.

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    Default Re: Arugula/Rocket

    Compare to the Hubam or white sweet clovers, these plants will not produce much nectar and
    pollen for my hives. I plan to grow the canola and edible mustard for them in the Autumn. As always they will
    find what is suitable here to forage on. They prefer the purple morning glory too.
    Don't mix foreign bees into a virgin hive. She might get balled 100% of the time! When will you ever learn, huh?

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