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garden Gleanings - First watercress of the yearPosted Wednesday, March 12, 2008, at 12:56 PM
Actually I could have had watercress much sooner, but it all fell into place today, so I got to enjoy a great egg salad and watercress sandwich for lunch. Deb's mother loves it in soup and all the articles you read out there says watercress is VERY nutritious.
Watercress grows wild down in our little valley, but that is about 400 yards away and down at least 75 feet so getting a handful for a sandwich is not an everyday thing.
We transplanted some up by the house where we have a small goldfish pond. We built the pond to have two waterfalls in what appears to be a natural stream and it is here that we planted the watercress, since it likes running water.
It has done well, and if anyone would like some transplants, I will carry them to the garden meeting this Friday at the Hong Kong restaurant in Shelbyville. They will need to go into fresh water as soon as you get home. Let me know by Thursday night.
If you are not ready for them, but still would like to get some, no problem. They get leggy and flower later in this spring so if we miss them now, maybe again in late fall.
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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter and live on a farm outside of Bell Buckle. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.
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