How to Grow – Swiss Chard

Swiss Chard is a healthy, attractive and easy to grow crop for both young and old.
The seeds are larger than those of most veggies we grow for greens, making them easier to handle.

chard seeds

easy to handle seeds

Chard can be planted mid-spring, as it handle some cold weather.
For a continuous harvest, make successive sowings.
It also will not bolt in the summer heat, so you’ll be finding yourself eating it long after the lettuce and spinach have gone to seed.

colorful chard seeds

As pretty as a flower...

Because it is an easy veggie to grow (push the seed in the soil, water, walk away), and the multicolored stalks are so exciting to see- it is a perfect plant to use when gardening with kids.

swiss chard seeds

... or simple and unassuming.

And the best part?

Swiss Chard is extremely healthy.
It is a relative of beets, and although getting anyone (including my husband and adult son) to eat beets may prove impossible, getting someone to eat chard is much easier!
You can enjoy the leaves and stalks raw when they are small, just cut and more leaves will grow.
As they get bigger they can get a bit bitter, cooking gets rid of that taste.

how to grow swiss chard in the home garden

Don't tell them it is healthy.

My daughters tell me they like the Chard we grow better than spinach- that works for me.
Just use it the same way you would use spinach.

Botanical name: Beta vulgaris
Yield: An abundance of greens and stalks per seed. Chard is a ‘cut and come again’ crop, don’t pull the plant until it is done producing, just cut what you need.
Days to maturity: 50 days
Spacing: 3″
Storage: Fresh pickings don’t store long. Chard can be frozen or pressure canned.

Some recipes to try:

Beets And Chard
Curried Greens with Cauliflower
Quinoa and Greens

Nutrition info from Wikipedia.

May 5, 2012  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Assorted Greens, How to Grow

2 Responses

  1. Jason @ The Garden Growers - May 20, 2012

    We LOVE it for looks in the landscape and for eating! Add it to any soup, any saute, any stir fry. You can make it the main dish like quiche or cook it up all by itself with some garlic and soy sauce as a side or a bed for salmon or some other yummy thing. Do be careful when cooking those bright red stems…you can end up with pink rice!
    Chard is a show stopper in the landscape, gets about 2-3′ tall if you let it and is a biennial where it can survive the winter.

  2. gj - May 21, 2012

    I never thought of it as a landscaping plant Jason- mainly because the deer or rabbits would get it in this area. But that’s a great idea!

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