Easy Money: Arugula, Cilantro and Dill

Courtesy of Wally S., Wally’s Urban Market Garden, Saskatoon, SK
Looking forward to another backyard harvest of arugula, cilantro and dill this week. Dill on left, two beds of cilantro in middle, and arugula on right.

SPIN photo dill and cilantro

After this cut, arugula beds will be tilled in and replanted to another crop. Cilantro and dill are solid week after week sellers, so I like having fresh plantings to tap into, so we also have plantings of these crops in our peri-urban plot.

At our last Sunday’s market, just these two items accounted for probably 1/4 of our sales. These crops are one of the easier ways to make money.

Second Cuts of Greens

Courtesy of Brenda S., Thompson Street Farm, Glastonbury CT
I try and get 3 cuttings from my arugula, depending on how hot it is before clearing the bed. The more you cut the more fibrous the arugula gets. So I try to stay on the more tender side of things. The Chef I work with only accepts first cuttings because they are the tenderest and not as spicy.

I’ve found mustard greens can also handle multiple cuttings but will eventually get really fibrous and bolt in really hot weather. But I did well with it, and I was glad I didn’t have to replant another bed every 14 day plus days.