Tips on Growing Swiss Chard with Ally
Chard is a cold season crop, but fairs well in the summer, often continuing production from spring to fall.
In early to mid spring, soak your seeds overnight and direct sow 6 to 8 inches apart into well worked and fertile soil.
- Keep soil moist until germination. In my experience, chard germinates when it feels the time is perfectly right. Sometimes under 2 weeks, sometimes a month…so don’t give up on them!
- If you want chard with larger leaves give the plants more space.
- Water plants consistently throughout the growing season.
- For a continuous harvest, twist the outer leaf near the stem until it snaps off.
- Always harvest the outer leaves first.
We get our rainbow chard seed from SeedGeeks, a local seed company. Visit their booth at the Schlafly Farmers Market most Wednesdays from 4-7 p.m.