What are Swiss chard and popular chard varieties to grow

What is Swiss chard and popular chard varieties to grow

Swiss chard, or Silverbeet, is a leafy green vegetable that can be eaten raw or cooked. Chard is a biennial plant that can be grown as an annual. The big wavy leaves have prominent, enlarged midribs and are nutritious. Silverbeet stalks are large, colorful, and ideal for cooking.

Swiss chard does best in 6 and above USDA Plant Hardiness zones with full sun exposure. Because Swiss chard prefers cool temperatures, fall and spring are the best time to grow. Though I find chard tolerates the summer heat better than spinach, it will eventually bolt by mid-summer. Providing it with sade will prolong the growing season.

It is easy to start Swiss chard from seed and is my recommended method. Sow seeds indoors a month before the average date of the last frost for your particular location. Then transplant out into the garden later.

Chard prefers fertile, damp soil with high organic content and good drainage. This makes chard an excellent choice to grow in a raised bed.

Fordhook Giant Swiss Chard

A thick white stem with large dark green leaves variety. Hardy, thrive in cold and heat. Salty flavor when eaten raw but tastier when cooked.

Rainbow Swiss Chard

Rainbow chard is a mix of colored varieties, giving you unique colors in shades of red, purple, pink, orange, yellow, and white.

Lucullus Swiss Chard

Another Swiss chard variety produces green leaves and white stems. Suitable for growing in warmer climates.

Magdalena Swiss Chard

An heirloom cultivar started by the Mission Garden Project of Tucson, AZ. Climatized to the Sonoran Desert and thrive in the winter and summer in the lower desert.

Ruby Red Swiss Chard

A bright red, crunchy stems, and red hue leaves variety known for its long growing season. Also called Rhubard swiss chard, it can grow in cool and warm climates.

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I discovered I have a knack for gardening. In 2015, with my wife, Marina, I embarked on a mission to turn our urban backyard from barren to a bountiful oasis. Our goal was to create a functional outdoor space, that is distinct yet unified, a space for outdoor living and recreation and garden space for me to grow food. Within a few years, we’d established a garden consisting of raised beds and fruit trees and vines. Our family grew and we were blessed with an extra pair of little hands to help in the garden. The following year we’d completed living space with an installation of a gazebo and artificial turf. Play structures for our kids and cats will complete our garden transformation.

From the outset, I documented my experiences and have started a blog, this site, to share our trials and tribulations in the hope to inspire and help you to create the garden of your dreams.

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