Step 1: Place Paper Towel on Compost
To grow your own cress, add a layer of multipurpose compost to the bottom of a small pot, dish, or shallow seed tray. Then add a few layers of paper towel or cotton wool on top, which will retain plenty of moisture.
Step 2: Dampen Paper Towel
Add water to the pot, allowing time for it to soak into the layers of paper towel or cotton. Allow any excess water to drain from the pot before sowing the seeds. Prepare and sow a few pots to provide a decent-sized crop.
Step 3: Sow Cress Seeds
Pour seeds into your hand and sow them quite thickly and evenly over the surface of the pot. Press them down gently to ensure contact with the moist surface. Cover the pot or place in the dark to encourage rapid growth.
Step 4: Place Cress in Light
Once the seedlings are about 1in (2.5cm) in height, move them into the light and turn daily so that they grow evenly. Avoid bright sun, which may damage the leaves. Keep moist and, after about a week, cut the cress as required.
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