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While I don't completely agree with this article it is thought provoking. Did they consider 'wild greens' such as dandelion or purslane when making this top 10 list?

I am growing land cress but maybe I should also grow watercress. Anybody had success with this crop?

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A lot depends on whether you enjoy eating whatever-it-is. Of the raw greens, nothing really comes close to winter-grown Cos and Imperial (aka Great Lakes) lettuces. The crunch! Dang that neither are keen on growing in the heat. Watercress is a least-favoured green at my house. Some of the Kales are more tasty than others, Red Russian has my vote. Currently Swiss Rainbow Chard is growing well and we're enjoying eating that lightly steamed. It doesn't matter to us which is more full of this and that. What matters is: 1. will it grow here? and 2. do we like it?

Yes good points Elaine. The most important thing is that we are eating our home grown greens rather than eating mass produced processed food. So if you are growing food that you like it is just the 'icing on the cake' that it is also so good for you.

Bloody rats ate my water cress. 

I've got some spare wc that needs thinning Andy, now about an iron cadge or perhaps a laser defence system around your GB :)

Some bloody rat mentioned me on ratbook. Now I am providing free food for every rat in a 20 mile radius. It's like a teenage party gone viral.!

Thought provoking as you say. I don't put much kudos in these fad foods - seen too many of them touted then shot down over the years including Margarine vs butter. Fads seem to benefit the retailer more than the consumer.

As Elaine says it depends on what you like eating. So long as it comes straight out of your garden it's bound to be packed full of nutrient. Kale sitting in a shop isn't going to be as good as any green straight out of your garden.

I have always looked at as a scale - eating any veg is better than not eating veg at all, no matter how old or how it's grown. Eating home grown organic veg is top of the list for goodness and there is everything in between. I heard one speaker a couple of years ago insist that veg must be grown only with rainwater...and that is my preference but that might not be possible for some - any water is better than none - sounds obvious but her insistence could easily put off people starting gardens until they have a rainwater supply.

I personally love watercress and have had it growing but it dies off more easily than other plants. I tried the land cress this last season and it wasn't a great success either, very disappointing in fact considering the number of seed I planted.

I agree with the notion that It's what you enjoy and what will grow easily that govern what you should grow. In a perfect world where we all have great soil, lots of rain and can pick and choose from the whole range of plants available, my choices might be a little different. I would love to have a longer period of cooler weather to enable me to grow things like Caulies, Brussel Sprouts, apples, etc. It frustrates me that lettuces grow best in cooler weather when you are less likely to want to eat them, and that our summers are so hot and humid that they make growing most things problematical. I believe that most veges we grow organically are full of health giving nutrients. A balanced diet of these will always be far better than the "perfect" offerings that shops sell, that have been grown using chemical type fertilisers. Every day "experts" tell us that this or that is better for us. If you believe everything you read or hear you would be switching your eating habits all the time to incorporate the latest "best food". So while Water Cress may be a great food, I'm going to stick to what's currently growing well in my garden - silver beet, carrots, lettuce, kale, beetroot, leeks, tomatoes, broccoli (Italian, etc.) , madagascar beans, strawberries, garlic, zucchini, etc.    

Was shopping at Coles Arana Hills about 3 weeks ago and bought watercress being sold along with the parsley and other small pot plants in the veg section. Due to it being only 3 weeks, I'm unsure on how well it grows. The plant was very overgrown and has lots of roots.

I have put it in a pot in a bucket of water and it gets morning and late afternoon sun. Due to the kids eating it, there is not too much top growth. To have a chance of this plant continuing, I've divided it x3, leaving 2 to recover for the next grazing (if the plants re-grow). It would be best to get the 3rd (& 4th ... it can be divided further) out and about, so If you don't have some already Phil ...

Thanks for the thought Rob. Sounds like a good companion plant for Kang Kong. If your girls like it that much you definitely should grow more for your family and not give any away. Cheers

While it is nice to know the value you're getting per chomp the fact is that eating a range of veg is better than fussing over a couple.What you lose on the swings, you gain on the slides...

Only 47 foods were tested and the table offers a bigger picture beyond the headline. You gotta say that there is also a lot more to life than vitamins and minerals.

Interesting article but cant see how lettuce found its way in there.Only recently it was mentioned that all the goodness,of what there was in a lettuce has pretty well been bred out.

Probably the wrong time to be planting watercress.  I've attempted it twice, once in depression in the ground where the compost bin was, and I kept water up to it.  It grew well over winter, but eventually died as the weather warms up.  Another time, in water in a colander with shell grit and sand, it grew a bit and struggled, then died as weather warms up again.  I have read that they grow well in cool moving water, saw on TV (one of Luke Nguyen's show) in what looked like tropical country growing and harvesting them in mountain stream ....

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