This section is aimed at encouraging young gardeners and will be updated from time to time.
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Let’s start with the easiest seeds of all – Cress.
Cress seeds need warmth and moisture to grow. Don’t let the soil dry out, but don’t drown your seedlings either – spray once or twice a day with water should be enough.
Cress is the easiest of crops to grow. You can also harvest your cress seedlings as peppery microgreens when they are just a few centimetres high.
WHEN TO PLANT
Cress can be grown all year on a sunny windowsill.
WHERE TO PLANT
Cress is mainly grown in shallow pots or trays filled with sterile potting mix.
Mist your cress seedlings with water frequently so the soil stays moist.
Cress is easy to grow in a pot or small container. For a fun project, cut the top off a boiled egg, eat the egg, then fill the shell with damp cotton wool and place your cress seed paper on top. When the cress appears, draw a funny face on the egg.
If you are growing cress on a window sill, turn the seedling pot every few days so the stems grow straight.
Cress seeds will even grow without soil on a damp piece of kitchen towel or cotton wool spread on a saucer. Mist it with water every day and cress seedlings should soon appear. You could even have fun making shapes or letters out of the kitchen towel or cotton wool.