Swiss Chard

Swiss Chard:

 

  • Why you should grow it
    • Swiss chard is part of the beet family, high in vitamin C and potassium
    • Colourful addition, rainbow-coloured
    • Can eat raw or cooked similar to spinach
    • It grows well in cool and warm conditions
      • Continues to grow in the summer when other leafy greens won’t
      • Continue to plant throughout the summer

 

  • How to start seeds
    • Plant in full sun or partial shade
    • Needs well-draining soil
    • Plant close together for a tight crop for salad mix
    • Plant farther apart for bigger plants, about 4-12″ apart

 

  • Tips for growth
    • Plant from early April until about a month before the first frost
    • Beans, Brassicas (Cauliflower, broccoli, kale, etc.) and onions make the best companions for chard.
    • Swiss chard has very few pests or diseases, making it a great crop to replace a crop that has died or has a disease

 

  • Harvesting
    • Grows throughout the season, harvest throughout
    • Use the stems like spinach
    • Use the stems like asparagus

 

  • Saving Seeds
    • Swiss chard is in the same species of beet
    • They are biennial, meaning they go to seed the year after they are planted
    • Leave in the ground, insulate against the winter with cloth or mulch
    • The seeds will eventually turn brown and can be shaken into a bag
    • Fully dry and label and package