Did you know that the winter squash is a relative of the chard and can be used interchangeably with it? Actually, the chard is more common than the Swiss chard. It is the edible part of the plant which is used to make vegetable dishes. The Swiss chard is used more in salad dressings than in a vegetable dish. There are however some similarities between the two including their ability to grow well in both warm and cool weather conditions.
The chard plant itself is a perennial and can be found growing wild all over the world. It has a reddish purple flower that blooms in the late summer or early fall. Most people believe that the chard seeds can only be found in the southern part of the United States, but in reality they can be found anywhere from Canada to Mexico. They have been reported growing in Europe, though there is no record of them being found there. They prefer a colder climate, around 50 degrees Fahrenheit, but can tolerate a little heat.
In order to harvest the chard seeds, the plants must be either be kept indoors or kept outdoors the whole year. They do not like to be planted in full sun because they produce a lot of pigmentation on the leaves. If the seeds are not removed before the plants flower, they will turn red. If left to their natural color, the seeds will germinate and start growing stems and leaves. As they grow they push up through the soil making the soil more compact, which prevents erosion. This also means that the roots of the plants will spread out and become stronger.
When harvesting the seeds, it is best to go ahead and separate the stalks from the seeds. If you attempt to harvest the seedlings directly from the plant, it is likely that the plant will be damaged. The heat from the sun can speed up the germination process, so it is best to remove the seeds before they have time to sprout.
There are several different ways to sow seeds. Most people simply use a spade to dig a hole that is half an inch deep and two inches wide, and then place the plant inside. Sow the chard on top of the spade, and allow it to grow until it begins to flower. It is important to keep the plants well watered while they are in their growing stage, and make sure to remove any weeds that come up around the seedlings.
Another option to save seeds for future crops is to create a plan. Many gardeners find it easier to draw outlines on paper before they start creating the garden plot. This allows the gardener to see at a glance where the plants will go. Once the garden plot has been created, it is important to remove all weeds and rocks from the area. Then, using sharp knives cut down any overhanging plants or fruit trees.
Now, once the chard has grown to about three to four inches in height, it is time to harvest the seed. The gardener will need to locate the hole where the stem will break off. It is important to not dig too deep, as the stem may break through the ground. Once the seed has broken free from the plant, it can be removed from the root ball by hand. The cut can be made from a length of wire or a hook.
If the seeds are to be used for planting, it is wise to protect them from the harsh elements. Many gardeners choose to place the chard in a shaded area, but others prefer to cover the plants with plastic, which helps to prevent the heat from drying out the foliage. Some individuals also choose to fill a small pot with the seeds, which helps to protect the roots while they begin to grow. This method allows the gardener to control the height of the plants. Full sun tolerant herbs such as chard can provide colorful flowers year round.