Garden Cress


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    Garden Cress

    Garden cress or pepper-grass is an annual herb that was introduced to the United States from China. Garden cress grows best in cultivated areas that receive full sun or partial shade with moist soils. Garden cress is a very easy plant to grow. Garden cress can also be grown in a window sill or container. Garden cress is usually cultivated for its leaves, which are used in salads, on sandwiches, and as baby greens. 

    Growing Garden Cress


    Varieties that can be found easily from your local nursery or seed catalogs:

    • Wrinkled
    • Crinkled
    • Crumpled
    • Persian
    • Curly

    Soil Preparation:

    Garden cress does well in all soil types as long as they are moist and nutrient rich. Before planting, incorporate 4-6 inches of well-composted organic matter and 1-2 lb of all-purpose fertilizer (16-16-8) per 100 square feet. Work compost and fertilizer into the soil to a depth of 6-8 inches. 

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