As with many microgreens you only cut once and have to throw away of compost, not so with Watercress!
Photo Above: Marty Ware with his homegrown Watercress that he grows in his backyard.
It's a very simple plant to grow and just needs plenty of fresh clean oxygenated water. This plant grows wild in slow flowing creeks and streams, so it can be easily simulated, actually much easier than you think.
But for microgreen Watercress we can use kitchen tissue paper, cotton wool or even a damp cloth. You will need to purchase some Watercress seeds though to strike your new babies.
Here are the simple steps for you to follow using the no soil microgreens method
- Any recycled tray will do, that has some drainage holes for the water to flow through and to allow some oxygen to circulate.
- Place down some kitchen tissue paper, approximately 2 pieces thick
- Wet the tissue so it's damp, but not soaking.
- Sprinkle your seeds onto the damp tissues, then cover with more tissue paper 2 layers thick.
- Wet the top layer of tissue and place your container in a warm position so the seeds will germinate
- Make sure you keep the tissue most and allow the plants days a few days to sprout
- In about one to two weeks you should be able to start harvesting some of your microgreens, however I do recommend that you start to pot some up separately. The reason being, as they grow you will be able to harvest of these right up until they go to seed.
- Compost or a quality container potting mix, worm castings if you have some around
- Small pots or containers
- Some Watercress cuttings, side shoots or seedlings
- Deep water tray or container.
- Some liquid kelp or seaweed extract to be used as a soluble fertilizer
You can find this plant available at grocery stores, nurseries and even at local farmers markets. When you purchase Watercress it still contains the roots, so you just need to separate them and pot on into containers.
Make sure you keep the water fresh and avoid using chlorinated town water, rain water or mineral water is best.
You can remove chlorine from your town water by pouring it into a container and letting it sit for 24 hours, after this time all the chlorine would of dissipated and not be present any longer.
Watch the video how to remove chlorine from town water over at the Marty Garden Show, click her now if you want to find more information on this subject.
I grow a wide range of Microgreens and and them to salads, sandwiches, as a garnish and some of them to stir fries, I just throw them in at the very last minute.
Actually, in the near future I plan to be posting a variety of microgreens recipes for you all soon.
Click the link above and purchase your seeds, so simple to grow, everyone loves to eat them, even the kids!