Purslane is a fleshy, annual low-growing plant. Despite its reputation as a weed, purslane makes a nutritious addition to many dishes. The leaves have a lemony flavor and are high in Vitamin C and omega-3 fatty acids. Purslane spreads out quickly. Plant it as a living mulch and edible ground cover in your vegetable garden, or grow it in pots on a deck or porch.
Sow purslane seeds about 1/4 inch deep and 2 inches apart in loose, rich garden soil. Plant seeds as soon as the last frost has passed. Pick an area that gets full sun.
Water the seeds to a depth of 1 inch after planting. Keep the soil moist while the seeds are germinating and developing. Seeds will sprout in seven to 10 days.
Thin the seedlings to 6 inches apart when they are 1 to 2 inches high. You can discard the thinned seedlings or transplant them into another area of your garden.
Cut the flowers off before they go to seed. Purslane grows like a weed and can easily take over a garden if left to itself.
Harvest the leaves and shoots after 60 days when they are still young and tender.