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wake up the garden with great greens; chard

by dig the dirt editor

Greens are a great way to celebrate the spring gardening season. Get some Chard into your vegetable beds for a true spring awakening.

 

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Chard
The deep green leaves and crispy stalks of chard are easy to grow in any well-drained soil. Just be sure to thin young plants regularly so they'll have room to spread and grow 2 to 2 ½ feet tall. You can begin harvesting the outer leaves when young plants are well established and have 6 to 8 leafy stalks.  These flavorful, mild, juicy plants will be ready to enjoy in the kitchen in just 50-60 days from sowing. Chard plants grow well in a wide range of conditions and can take the last spring frosts in stride. Their pretty leafy stalks will continue to provide bountiful harvests for months, right through summer heat.

PLANTING CHARD FROM SEED:

  • plant seeds 1" apart
  • plant seeds 1/2" to 1" deep in normal soil
  • plant 2 weeks before first expected frost
  • perfect for container gardens

QUICK AND EASY CHARD RECIPE:

Chard can be prepared quickly, and both the crunchy succulent stalks and rich green leaves are great eating.

  • chop chard in 1 inch pieces and saute in a little olive oil for a few minutes
  • add a little chicken or vegetable broth and braise until tender.
  • Finish with a splash of fresh lemon juice

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chard, recipe, vegetable gardening

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