Herb 101: Watercress Success?

Can you spot the little pot?

pond 6

Good guess, that’s the ‘cress!

With the otter standing guard, I decided to let this peppery punch of an ‘erb live up to its name and placed the pot square in the pond. Number 1 tip for growing watercress? She’s a thirsty one!


Start with a good, rich soil. I used bone meal to aid root growth, with potting soil on top.

Time of Year

Watercress doesn’t like frost or cold,  so basically, do as I say not as I do and plant yours in Spring. I’ll remind you when the time comes!


Cress loves the light, but not necessarily the sun. Full sun will cause the herb to become dry and bitter, and will also sap the moisture you’ve been feeding it with.

Growing Tips

Water, water, waterlogged.

Stay tuned for post-harvest salads and sandwiches!

Did you know?

  • The Ancient Greeks thought our little pond dweller could heal a sick mind or a hangover, and even make you witty too!
  • Watercress is rumoured to be an aphrodisiac.
  • Watercress is rich in iron, calcium, and vitamins A, C, and E.

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