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Land cress

Land cress is sometimes referred to as American cress. It is a tasty watercress substitute, ready to eat in seven to eight weeks after sowing. It is rich in vitamins, iron and calcium and provides a continuous supply over a long period. It is easy to grow.

Being hardy, it will provide pickings through the winter if covered with a cloche or similar protection.

Barbarea verna (cress)
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Land cress does best in a cool, moist soil and part shade.

When large enough to handle thin seedlings 10cm (4in) apart.

Keep plants well watered, especially sowings made in the spring.



Cut plants regularly while they are fresh and young, as this will encourage further growth.

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