Growing water cress at home

Growing water cress at home

I was always told you needed moving water to grow watercress and, as I hadn’t got a stream in my garden, never tried. Then, about five years ago I read a bit in a magazine which led to me having a go. I use the bottom of an old plastic barrel cut down to about 6 ins. (15cm). In this I have a shallow planter filled with compost. You can grow the plants either from seed or by buying a bunch or two in the super market and rooting it in a jar of water. Put the barrel and planter in a semi shaded place and keep the barrel full of water. You will be able to cut cress through the summer and I’ve found the crop will last two years before you need to replace the compost and replant.

Posted on 21 June 2013 in category(s): Garden Diary