How To Start Sowing Chard Seeds
Have you ever been to a fancy restaurant and smelled great but found the menu had only a tiny amount of Chard that was being served? Perhaps your guests could not appreciate the delicate flavor of the succulent leaves, as most Chard is quite bitter tasting. If this is the case why not try making your own garden from some of the most healthy and delicious Chard that you can find. There are many easy and simple steps that you can take in order to grow your own garden of Chard.
Many people have grown their own Chard for years and are able to share their wonderful Chard seedlings with friends and family. While it will take some time and effort to get to the point where you have several gorgeous and colorful plants you can easily save time by planting these seeds and watching them grow. Many different kinds of plants can be used for growing Chard seeds. These include snapdragon and dwarf chard.
If you are new to Chard you should start out by picking out a sunny location for your farm. Many farms grow plants that don't do well in the heat, so if you are planning on sowing these Chard seeds in pots keep in mind that you will need to have your greenhouse or garden room to be overcast during the day and under moderate shade at night. Keep in mind that you will probably get better results if you sow your seedlings in modular trays, as this way they are contained during each growing cycle. Also make sure that you use high quality greenhouse equipment and supplies in order to ensure that your plants produce the best quality beans.
When it comes time to start sowing your Chard seeds, it is best to do so right after the weather has warmed up. This will allow the roots to lock up in order to conserve moisture, preventing your plants from drying out. Once you have chosen your area it is important that you create a drainage hole. Typically this will be located in the bottom of your container. Thereafter you will want to remove any foliage on the plant that is exposed so that you can easily dig out the seeds. It is wise to always wear gloves when sowing and seed crops, as any spores that escape into the air could cause serious illness.
One of the most important aspects of sowing Chard seeds is ensuring that you build up a solid, structure surrounding the seeds. The traditional method of seed building involved wooden frames or screen house type containers. These materials are still used widely and many farmers still use them for sowing their Chard seeds. In addition to creating a sturdy structure through which to grow your seeds, you will also want to build up a healthy, fine layer of soil around the seeds.
The purpose of this fine layer is to restrict the development of root-system parasites. As seedlings grow they will produce tiny black or red leaves. These leaves are referred to as rhizomes and can be very harmful to seedlings if they are not removed quickly. By making use of mesh screen type wooden frames and using drainage holes you can easily accomplish this. You can also select from a variety of different pots and modular trays that can be quickly and easily assembled in order to house your plants.
In addition to building up a structure for your seedlings, it is also important to mulch them. In the old days it was common to simply use large pieces of leaves and grass clippings to mulch your chard. This method still has its place and works quite well, but in recent years it has become much more popular to make use of pre-composted organic matter such as straw, hay, and wood chips. The advantage to using pre-compost is that it not only helps keep your garden free of weeds and pests, but it also provides valuable nutrients to your plants.
Many gardeners find it advantageous to sow their chard in a larger pot first and then transfer the young plants into the frame. Keep in mind however, that you will have to space the seeds at least six to ten inches apart. Also, if your plant starts to spread out too far in the frame, you may find it difficult to control the plants and keep them healthy. You may also find that if you keep your plants too close together, they could end up smothering each other and reducing the benefits of the sun.