Day 6: hairy bittercress

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year


Hairy bittercress, Cardamine hirsuta, is a tiny cousin of the cabbage that grows with remarkable success right through winter. It’s pesky, it’ll ping its seeds straight into your eye and, though you can eat it (tastes a bit like cress), you probably won’t want to bother. Fortunately, it’s easy to weed out, so have a look for its low rosettes of green leaves now, and remove to the compost before it becomes a problem.

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