Growing Swiss Chard: Swiss chard grows best in rich well composted moist soil with a PH between 6.0 and 6.8. Chard prefers full sun early in the season, part shade in summer when it’s warm and requires well-drained soil. Plant seeds half an inch deep and 3 inches apart. Set out seedlings 12 inches apart.
Care of Swiss Chard:
- Water the plants evenly to help them grow better. Water often during dry spells in the summer. Mulching the plants to help conserve moisture.
- Cut the plants back when they are about 1 foot tall. If the chard plants become overgrown, they lose their flavor.
- Swiss Chard can be picked as soon as the leaves are large enough to harvest, usually in four to six weeks.
- Chard is a cool weather vegetable and may withstand a very mild frost.
Grow Swiss Chard as part of your kitchen garden; not only is it colourful and brings your vegetable growing to life, it’s really tasty too and offers a rare flavour to hearty dishes.
Happy growing in a bed or a raised planter like a VegTrug to suit you and the space you have outdoors. Enjoy the fresh taste of Swiss Chard with the unique natural taste.
Constant weeding is ultra-important around your Swiss Chard plants as they develop. Use a hand hoe in containers or larger hoe if growing garlic directly in the beds.