Hello and welcome to The Compost Bin. I'm Compostwoman and I live with my family in rural Herefordshire. We have nearly four acres of garden and woodland, all managed organically and to Permaculture principles, which we share with Chickens, Cats and assorted wildlife. We also grow a lot of our own food, run courses in all sorts of things and make a lot of compost!

I am a Master Composter and have spent more than a decade as a volunteer Community Compost adviser with Garden Organic and my local Council.
I'm a self employed Environmental Educator so I run workshops and events where I talk about compost, veg growing, chicken keeping, cooking, preserving and sustainable living. I also run crafts workshops and Forest School/outdoor play sessions in our wood.

We try to live a more self sufficient lifestyle here, as best we can, while still having a comfortable life and lots of fun.

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Saturday 26 May 2012

Growing Watercress

Something I am very pleased about this year is my success at growing Watercress "Aqua" - never tried this before as I thought it needed clean flowing water ( like the watercress beds in Hertfordshire near where I grew up as a child) but no! you CAN grow it in a pot! and it is lovely!

As the seed is very small you need very fine graded growing medium. - sieve it if it is a bit coarse

See how tiny the seed is?

Sprinkle the seed on the surface and just pat into the growing medium, do not cover.

Label and sit the pot in a container of water - do not water from the top as you will wash the fine seed away!

In about 8 weeks ( or maybe less) you will have this - you can keep on cutting and it will regrow as long as you cut the tips out and leave some nodes for regrowth to occur.



  1. Brilliant I may give this a go, I've never grown watercress before, like you I thought they needed to be in moving water.

    Sue xx

  2. Sue, you can also grow it from a bunch bought from a shop - stand it in water and you will see roots grow - and more leaves will grow on the stems.
    Happy watercress growing :-)

  3. cool. I think I will have to try this!


  4. What a great idea, will try that tomorrow when I got some plants from the shop.


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