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kaz

Watercress garden

We love watercress and I spend a fortune buying the bags from the supermarket when it is in season.
For the first time ever we saw watercress plants for sale at the garden centre (reduced to clear ) and I had heard about someone wanting to set up a watercress garden in guttering.
Also by chance, when I bought the pump for the stream feature for our pond there were tiny pumps designed for indoor water features reduced from 17.99 to 2.49 - bargain - I couldn't NOT buy one could I?
We decided that the guttering wasn't practical so we used a large seed tray that we had bought earlier in the year and here is my watercress garden..... planted on August 6th.......



and here it is today...... (with obligatory lurcher

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Digindeep

That's looking good Kaz....always wanted to grow water cress, but always understood it had to be done in a flowing stream...

As I said that looks great, love cress....some tips please...
kaz

I think it just has to be moving water.
We had some aquatic compost left from planting the pond so we put a couple of inches of that in, planted the plants and added a layer of pea-gravel to stop the compost floating away.
I put a small container at one end before I put the compost in that remains compost-free and the pump sits in that rather than getting clogged with compost.
A small section of hose fitted to the pump is at the opposite end of the tray so that water flows
Digindeep

Thanks Kaz....its amazing how we complicate things in our own heads...
when simplicity works so well  

There was me finking , before seeing your set up..."How to run a constant streammmm"....I know over finking....    
bodger

I bet you iz finking " If they can do it, then I can do it"  Simples!
Digindeep

...sorta....eer!...maybe....

In a "Tray".....magic....
Rena

That's SO cool!! I had no idea it could be grown by 'regular folk' (such as yerself and meself)! Must see what harvest time looks like! (Nice set up too!)
chickenstu

Looks great
kaz

It tastes like the real stuff as well
Rena

kaz wrote:
It tastes like the real stuff as well


Pardon my ignorance....do you just pick it 'piecemeal like' as it grows or is there a 'point of harvest' for it?
darkbrowneggs

Great - I never managed to grow watercress  
Pilsbury

You can just pick it as you need it and it regrows, if you fet some shop bought cress and stick it into a pint glass with water fairly soon you will see it sprout roots at the leaf joints and then this can be potted up and grown on.
I did this for a while with my pot popped into a bucket of water not quite covering the pot rim and just changex the water in the bicket every few days and it cropped for a good few months.
Rena

Pilsbury wrote:
You can just pick it as you need it and it regrows, if you fet some shop bought cress and stick it into a pint glass with water fairly soon you will see it sprout roots at the leaf joints and then this can be potted up and grown on.
I did this for a while with my pot popped into a bucket of water not quite covering the pot rim and just changex the water in the bicket every few days and it cropped for a good few months.


Thanks! I need to give this a try sometime!
kat_lewis

OH found some rooted pieces in a bag from the supermarket and just placed it in the stream we have built in the flower garden (don't ask, overgrown child playing with water springs to mind). It has grown like crazy and makes a good addition to the harvest from all parts of the garden
sandrar

Brilliant  
12Bore

Excellent stuff!

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