If you grow your own vegetables and like to grow them yourself, one of the best vegetables you can grow are Swiss chard. It is a perennial seed which is ideal for the beginning grower. Because it grows pretty big and looks very attractive, this vegetable does well as a garden plant as well. Many people like growing this vegetable because it is quite easy to take care of and is very versatile as a vegetable.
As with all bulbs and seeds, Swiss chard seeds require protection from frost and drying out. If you live in an area where frost occurs regularly, it is not recommended that you plant seeds. For those who want to go the traditional route and use a greenhouse, however, it is perfectly fine to use seeds. You will still get excellent results from your garden efforts. Some of the most common varieties of Swiss chard include Belgian endive, Swiss chard, and field spouts. All of these are great vegetables to try.
When you sow seeds, it is important to remember that you do need to put at least three inches of top soil on the bottom of each hole. If you are going with a greenhouse, you can buy seed packets that already have the correct amount of space for seed placement. Once you have planted seeds, make sure to water well. Most seed packets tell you how often to water as well.
One reason that Chard is so popular is that it can tolerate some pretty extreme conditions. If you grow it inside in a warm house in a warm climate but you don't have much cold, the plant will survive. If you grow it outside in a cold climate, the same thing could happen but with less cold.
There is a secret trick that grows Chard right through the winter. This trick is called plastic tunnel. With a cold frame or greenhouse, you can protect the plant from frost by putting plastic tunnels over the beds. The plant will go into hibernation and the roots will go down to the bottom of the ground, where they will stay warm. This means that the plant will go through winter without growing much during that time, making it easy to get all the seeds that you want.
When spring comes, you can water the plants well, wait for the frost to settle, then just dig a hole beneath the tops of the soil and add more dirt. Dig a big hole, fill with dirt and cover with more dirt. Then you just wait. It can take up to 55 days for the tiny little flowers to appear. With a cold frame or greenhouse, you might not get those gorgeous golden flowers but you'll get plenty of beautiful dark green leaves to enjoy.
You can grow your chard in a variety of ways. You can keep them in your garden where they can go through the winter and come out year round with healthy leaves. You can also use them in your compost pile. Just drain the leaves out, add some coarse sand and compost into the bottom and let it sit. Your chard will go to work, producing dark green leafy vegetables while producing your very own fertilizer.
If you are short on space or just don't have the time to care for seeds, you can buy chard in package form from a good garden center. Make sure the seeds you order are specifically sown in Germany. That way the plants have had the room to grow up to two to three inches apart. You can order seeds in singles or order bulk amounts of a variety you like to grow.