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Swiss Chard: How to Grow and When to Plant in Your Backyard or Patio Garden!

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Swiss Chard is a green, leafy vegetable that can be used in a variety of different ways in the kitchen. It is very easy to grow and is a healthy addition into your diet by growing in your backyard or container vegetable garden.

How to Grow:

Swiss Chard is a cool season crop that is planted 7 weeks before your last spring frost and 4-5 weeks before your last spring frost. You can see specific dates for your location using our FREE iOS, Android, and Universal Web App.

Swiss Chard seeds are planted 1/2 inch deep, 4 per square foot, in full sun to part shade. Take care to notice what plants are around the area as well, see the companion plant section below. Swiss Chard seeds will sprout within 5-10 days with consistent moisture.

Companion Plants:

Companion planting is a vital part of organic gardening. Companion plants assist in the growth of others by attracting beneficial insects, repelling pests, or providing nutrients, shade, or support. There are also plants that do not like being next to each other. Some plants get too tall and can provide too much shade for your plant. Sometimes certain plants attract the same pests, so it is important to try and separate these.

Beans (bush & pole)MarigoldsEggplant
Cilantro/CorianderTomatoes (bush & vine) 

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Pests can be one of the most difficult challenges you face in the garden. We strive to grow food without the use of pesticide and luckily there are natural solutions for most of these nasty pests! The pests listed below are common ones for swiss chard:

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Swiss Chard will be ready to harvest in around 25-50 days. Swiss Chard can start to be harvested when leaves are 6 inches tall. Cut the outer leaves for harvest and the inner leaves will continue to grow. For the best taste, don’t let the leaves get too big!

Cooking & Eating!

Both the leaves and the stems of swiss chard are edible. Very similar to lettuce and spinach, soak the leaves in ice-cold water to help remove any bugs that may have remained and to increase preservability. Use right away or store in the refrigerator in a ziplock bag with a damp paper towel. Extra leaves may be frozen as well for long-term storage. Try adding it to your next salad or burrito!

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