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Swiss Chard

A Beet family relative, Swiss Chard is easy to grow, delicious and beautiful. It fits in everywhere: the kitchen garden, ornamental beds and containers. Direct-sow seed after all threat of frost has passed in spring, when the soil has warmed up to about 50°F. For baby greens, sow 2" apart in rows spaced 12" apart and harvested when 2" to 3" tall. For mature, full-size Chard, thin seedlings to 10" apart in rows spaced 16" to 20" apart. To harvest, cut off the outer leaves of these grand plants, which keep on producing, even through a light frost. Water Swiss Chard regularly in dry periods to help keep the stems from becoming woody. Baby leaves may harvested through the season in the cut-and-come-again method for fresh salads as well as cooked as one would in Spinach recipes. Generally, about a month later, mature leaves may be stripped from their stems and chiffonaded for pasta sauces, hearty soups and stews. We like Swiss Chard added to slow-sautéed diced pancetta in Garlic-flavored olive oil, braised in chicken broth, and sprinkled with toasted pine nuts and grated Pecorino. For that matter, Swiss Chard is a good mate for any sort of pork, ricotta-based pasta filling, custard-based frittata or cheesy rice gratin. Wilted Swiss Chard is heavenly braised with golden raisins and finished with a bit of heavy cream and butter. (What isn't?) Mature stems may be used for dips and piped soft cheese spreads. Deer resistant.

Average seed life: 2 years.

The Kaleidoscopic Swiss Chard Blend

The Kaleidoscopic Swiss Chard Blend The Kaleidoscopic Swiss Chard Blend The Kaleidoscopic Swiss Chard Blend
50-60 days. Last year, we planted every Swiss Chard imaginable. In the fall, the magical late afternoon sun illuminated the many colored leaves, creating fluorescent neon stems like a vegetable version of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. Our exclusive blend of the world's most colorful Chard includes green-stemmed Lucullus, pink-striped Peppermint, sunny-yellow Golden Sunrise, hot pink Magenta Sunset, red Classic Rhubarb and brilliant Orange Chiffon. Perfect for small space gardens, it yields six months of delicious beauty. (OP.)

One packet of about 200 seeds
Catalog #1822
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Gardening Tips

Swiss Chard Sowing Instructions
Planting Depth
:1/4”-1/2”
Row Spacing:16”-20”
Plant Spacing:10”-12”
Days to Germination:7-12 days
Germination Temperature:45°-65°F

Chard has compound seeds, which may produce several seedlings. Soak seed in bathtub-warm water for an hour before sowing. Planting Chard in soil too cold results in bolting (going directly to seed). Wait until soil has warmed to over 45°F, about 2 weeks before the last expected frost date. It may also be grown for fall/winter use if started in the middle of the summer. Chard likes evenly moist, moderately fertile soil amended with compost and/or well-rotted manure. A light sprinkling of complete organic fertilizer ensures lush growth. When seedlings are about 3" tall, thin them to 3" to 5"apart. Later, thin the plants out to an eventual spacing of 10" to 12". Steam thinnings or toss in soups or salads. To harvest Chard leaves, cut the large outside leaves first. Chard may also be sown thickly and snipped with scissors for ‘baby’ greens.

Shade Tolerance

Deer Resistant Seed Varieties

Easy Direct-Sow Swiss Chard