Arugula is also known as Salad Rocket, Rucola, Rucoli, Roquette, or Colewart. It is an annual salad green with a peppery flavor. Arugula prefers cooler temperatures, so plant it early in the spring and late in the fall. Pick the leaves small for less peppery flavor. The leaves will get much stronger when the plant bolts (sets flowers). The white flowers are edible, or you can leave them to get seeds for the next planting season. From planting to first harvest is about 40 days, so if you plant new seeds every three weeks or so, you should have a continuous harvest. If growing arugula in the summer, or warmer climates, plant it in partial shade. Otherwise, spring and fall plantings should be in full sun. Arugula is a good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, folic acid, and iron. In ancient times it was used as an aphrodisiac. The plant is said to grow two or three feet tall, but I believe this includes the flower stem. One half cup (1/2c) of arugula is two or three calories.
Color: Dark carrot orange
Suze: 10-12 ounces, 3-1/2 inches
Notes: Information on this variety seems a little jumbled. Some sites list it as determinate, some as indeterminate, some claim it's a beefsteak, others say it's round. It is said to have ten times the beta caritene of other tomatoes, and is an improved version of Caro Red. Regular leaf, low acid, drought tolerant, good taste and heavy yields. No problems with cracking.
Size: 8 ounces
Notes: Determinate eight ounce red tomatoes are often described as round, but all photos show them as being oblate. Good disease resistance, does well in humid growing conditions, said to have high yields and be a "good shipping variety" but nowhere could I find any information on flavor. Can be grown in a large container.
Color: Rusty Brown / Red with Green, Purple, or Black shoulders
Shape: Oblate to Beefsteak
Size: 4-8 ounces, or 12-16 ounces
Notes: Determinate Russian heirloom, early for a black tomato. There seems to be some mixed feedback on what size these should be, with some sites reporting 4-8 ounce oblate tomatoes, and others reporting 12-16 ounce beefsteak type tomatoes. Can be grown in a large container. Potato leaf, prone to cracking and cat-facing. Flesh inside is marbled. Good options for use include slicing for a sandwich or dicing for a salad.
Size: 7-12 ounces, 5-6 inches
Notes: Regular leaf, low acid, resistant to Fusarium Wilt, Verticillium Wilt, and Alternaria Stem Canker. Thick walled, crack resistant. Plants get 2-3 feet tall (30 inches). Conflicted information on the internet on whether this is determinate or indeterminate - given size, I'd assume determinate, but will have to grow it out to know for sure.
Seed Stash Blog
In an attempt to keep my seed stash organized, and yet easily accessible, I'm going to use this blog. The plan is to make a blog post for each seed variety as I research it, tagging it to pertinent information. That way, I can come back later and search through the seed stash (even if I'm not at home), or sort results by growing factors!