A Bit About Our Traditional Methods


 

A constant supply of fresh natural spring water is essential, with a temperature of 10/11° as it emerges from our chalk springs all year round. The water is channeled over gravel based beds and the depth is controlled according to the needs of the crop. During Spring and the warmer months when the watercress is at seedling stage, shallow water levels are sufficient. During the Winter months the water level is raised in order to protect the crop from severe weather conditions as the temperature of the water prevents the watercress from freezing.

 

Cultivating on unique traditional beds, along with our labour intensive production methods, enables us to consistently produce quality watercress, 52 weeks of the year.

 

LIFECYCLE

 

  • Seed is planted in early Spring and it is 6-8 weeks before the first cut.
  • New shoots of watercress then take over to produce a second crop 4-6 weeks later.
  • Bed rotation enables us to produce a consistent supply of watercress all year round.
  • By the end of August all the beds have been planted and will supply us with all the watercress we need through the Winter.
  • In the Summer months it is natural for the watercress to go to flower and eventually produce seed. We allow a small proportion of our beds to go to seed.
  • By July we cut the seed pods, then dry and sift them.
  • This process will provide us with ample seed for planting the following year's crop.