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I bought a packet of garden cress seeds and eggs in a10-egg carton container when I was doing my weekly shopping at our village supermarket. At the same time, I picked up the new supermarket magazine, no. 5/2011  as well.

When I arrived home and while browsing thru the magazine, I found a very interesting tip. This tip came from a D. Hofman of Assen. It was on how we could recycle the carton container for eggs to plant garden cress.. I was so excited and it’s here coz I want to remember this tip, and it might be interesting for those who read my reminisces.

Tip for Planting Garden Cress in Recycled Carton Egg Container

  • Cut cover off carton egg container. Layer cover with a piece of clean used plastic and put bottom container on top of the plastic.
  • Use some cotton buds to layer hollows (it’s where the eggs sit; not sure what it’s called but I hope you know what I mean) and put some soil on top of cotton.
  • Then sow your garden cress seeds in soil according to package instructions.
  • Put container at your window front and water seeds regularly,
  • After a few days, you can harvest your garden cress. 🙂

After 4 days of seeding:

After 8 days of seeding:

Harvested and washed:

The only green in our Tosti (Grilled Sandwich):

There wasn’t too much garden cress, we had to spread them sparingly over 6 tostis. We didn’t get the real taste of the garden cress but I tried some raw, I would say that it tasted a little spicy, mustard-y..

The next try would be without soil. I think it would grow on just cotton buds, water sparingly daily.

According to Wikipedia:
Garden cress (Lepidium sativum) is a fast-growing, edible herb that is botanically related to watercress and mustard, sharing their peppery, tangy flavor and aroma. In some regions, garden cress is known as garden pepper cress, pepper grass, pepperwort or poor man’s pepper.
Agriculturally, cress is considered among the most important species of the genus of the family of mustards.
Edible shoots are typically harvested in 1–2 weeks, when they are 5–13 cm tall.
Garden Cress is added to soups, sandwiches and salads for its tangy flavor. It is also eaten as sprouts, and the fresh or dried seed pods can be used as a peppery seasoning . In England cut cress shoots are typically used in sandwiches with boiled eggs, mayonnaise and salt.



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