Land Cress Seeds (Barbarea verna), An alternative to water cress, Land cress does not need submerging in water as it is grown under normal conditions like plain or fine cress, having a strong flavour like water cress.
March to July and September
Sow cress thinly direct into the growing site 1cm deep in rows 30cm apart. For baby cut & come again leaves sow at 15cm between the rows. Early and autumn sowing will benefit from being covered by cloches.
Sow seeds at regular intervals to ensure a continuous supply of fresh young leaves
When seedlings are large enough to handle thin out to 15cm apart. Water regularly during dry spells. Autumn sowings of land cress can be made under cloches or in containers in a cold frame or cold greenhouse for harvesting through the winter months.
Pick as young leaves or the whole plant from June to November
Cress is an excellent source of Vitamins A and C and the minerals Iron and Calcium