Select a location with some sunshine; and sow seeds as soon as the soil can be worked. (In areas with mild winters chard can be planted at any time of the year.) Prior to seeding, soil should be cultivated and enriched with vegetable food. Chard is sensitive to acidic soils and prefers a pH of 6.0-6.4. After seeding, lightly firm soil over seeds. Water regularly and feed every 4-6 weeks. When chard is 6-10" tall, harvest outer leaves by cutting with a sharp knife to encourage additional growth.
For best results harvest only a few older, outside leaves, at a time from each plant allowing younger leaves, int he center, to continue growing for additional harvests all season long.
Swiss chard is rich in vitamins with Calcium, Iron and Vitamins A, B1, B2, Niacin and C.
Wit & Wisdom: Swiss chard originated in -- you guessed it -- Mediterranean Europe! Oddly enough, chard is not native to Switzerland at all. According to legend, a Swiss botanist was responsible for determining chard's scientific name and the "Swiss" just stuck! Read The Old Farmer's Almanac Swiss Chard Growing Guide!
The Old Farmer's Almanac Swiss Chard Seeds (Rainbow Mixture)
|Country of Origin||United States|
|Seed Type||Non-GMO, Premium, Heirloom|
|Hardiness Zone||USDA 6-13|
|Seed Count||Approximately 150 Seeds|
|When to Plant||Spring and Early Fall|
|Packed for Year||2021|
|Scientific (Latin) Name||Beta Bulgaris Subsp. Circla|
|Planting Depth||1/2 Inch|
|Plant Spacing||8-12 Inches|
|Row Spacing||18-30 Inches|
|Time to Germination||7-10 Days|
|Time to Maturity / Harvest||50-65 Days|
|Fruit / Vegetable Size||6-10 Inches Tall|