Vegetables > Swiss Chard

How to grow Swiss chard:

Beta vulgaris cycla.


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Swiss chard has large, dark green leaves with broad, white stems.

Both the stems and the leaf are eaten as vegetables.

Swiss chard seeds should be sown in shallow drills in mid spring. Groups of 2 or 3 seeds should be sown 12 inches apart in rows which are 15 inches apart.

When large enough to handle the seedlings should be thinned out.

Make another sowing in mid summer in order to secure a winter crop. Weed and water the plants regularly. The later crop may need some protection in winter but chard can withstand a little frost.

Pull the leaves as you would rhubarb in mid summer (from the early sowing). Harvest the leaves from the outside of the plant leaving the centre growing for use in a few day’s time.