Prepare the Garden for Your Swiss Chard
Sow Swiss Chard Seeds
Feed and Water Your Swiss Chard
Harvesting Swiss Chard
Swiss chard seems to have an identity problem. It's similar to spinach, but is actually part of the beet family. It's a versatile leafy vegetable for salads and cooked dishes, but its colorful leaf veins and stalks make it a beautiful addition to flower beds or container gardens. Whatever attracts you to Swiss chard, though, give it a try. It's easy to grow, even in hot weather.
Swiss chard grows best in soil that is rich, well drained, and slightly alkaline. Before planting, amend your soil with a 2-inch layer of compost or other organic matter, such as Miracle-Gro® Organic Choice® Garden Soil.
Plant seeds ˝ inch deep and 2 inches apart in rows 2 feet apart. As seedlings develop, thin them to 12 inches apart. You can even use the seedlings in soups or salads.
When your Swiss chard plants reach 6 inches tall, feed them with a high-nitrogen, water-soluble plant food, such as Miracle-Gro® Water Soluble All Purpose Plant Food. Keep the soil moist and remove weeds. A layer of organic mulch will help maintain soil moisture and curtail weed growth.
Chard can be harvested throughout the summer, starting with the outer leaves when plants are about 5 inches tall. Removing outer leaves will encourage the growth of tender new inner leaves. Cut the whole plant to the ground before a hard freeze.
You have a number of Swiss chard varieties to choose from, with stems and leaf veins ranging from white to yellow, orange, red, and purple.