The beauty of Chard is that you can grow it yourself - a true outdoor garden! And while it does need a lot of regular watering, it is very drought resistant. If you want to grow Chard with ease and enjoy its rich taste, then you have to learn how to plant it correctly. Here's some helpful information about the most important factors you should keep in mind when growing Chard.
There are basically two different types of Chard: curly leaf and flat leaf. The flat leaf variety is typically more expensive because it is generally hardier and more resilient (though both have their advantages). The curly leaf has thinner leaves and grows faster than the flat-leaf variety. Either way, both types of Chard will do well as long as they get lots of sunlight, fertilizer, and drainage. Bring your Swiss chard seeds indoors or to your garden and start this beautiful green indoors, or cut it into thick slabs for the patio or outdoor cooking area and use it as a filling for sandwiches or as a topping for grilled dishes!
When you're ready to start planting, make sure you prepare the area where you will plant by covering it with a plastic tent or tarp. You want to allow at least four inches of free room for your plants to grow; this is enough room for each plant to get enough light and ventilation. Remember to space your plants at least six inches apart.
Harvesting seed potatoes from the garden is actually pretty easy. You simply follow the same steps that you would when harvesting other varieties of Chard. Just remove the seed pod and discard, then pick through the plant debris for potato starch and small pieces of edible fiber.
To harvest your chard seeds, carefully remove any leaves and stems from the plant. This is easier if you have a hand-held garden fork or spade. Then remove the tiny dry pods from the stems. Harvest the chard seed pods each day until the garden appears uniform in size. This means that the seeds are not being harvested unevenly.
To store your chard for future use, collect the leaves and stems and wrap them individually in cheesecloth. Tie the cloth to prevent moisture from collecting in the chard. This will also help protect the seeds from light and air. Storing in a dark, cool place in a cotton bag or storage sack will ensure freshness for up to two weeks.
Once the seed pod is almost dry, gently shake it out and add water to prevent the seeds from breaking. Repeat this procedure until the seeds are moist. Store the seedlings in an airtight container. This will give them a longer storage life. To save seeds, some people dig out a small hole in the garden and freeze the seeds.
Another technique for saving seeds is to pick the plants and cut off the flower heads. Then these can be stored in Tupperware or airtight bags. The stems can be preserved by placing them in a plastic freezer bag. After harvesting, label the bag and store it in the freezer. This helps preserve the germs and organisms in the seeds and helps with the germination process of future generations.
Many people also enjoy cooking with chard. Chard is used to make salads, soups, vegetable dishes and delicious meals. In fact, some people even consider it a herb for its therapeutic effects. It is very easy to grow, doesn't require a lot of maintenance and is a natural pesticide free food source. Because of it's leafy greens taste and aroma, it is great to include this tender green in any diet.
Because it is so easy to grow and it is a milder tasting plant than most other vegetables this is a great addition to a healthy diet. There are two types of chard: red and green. The red type of chard has a sweeter flavor and a rich golden color. The green chard is much like the common beet and is milder in taste. It has a leafy green appearance that is usually trimmed and makes a fine addition to soups and stews.
When you are looking to start growing Swiss chard seeds, be sure you choose the right kind. There are many varieties available, but not all of them will germinate and grow into a quality crop. Most seed packets will give you an indication of which variety of Chard you are growing based on the number of seeds contained within. If you are having trouble growing your seedlings at home because they are too small, then there are some products on the market that are specifically designed for growing under 3 inches in height. These products were developed by some of the top seed producers in the world. When choosing your seeds or plants to grow it is important to check the details of the variety against the following guidelines: