Green Leaf Swiss Chard
A long standing easy to grow spinach like green, it is actually a slim stalked, smooth leaf swiss chard. It is quite hardy and prolific supplying a "perpetual" harvest of succulent leaves from spring through fall. It is much slower to bolt during the hot weather and long days of summer than true spinach. Maturity from fifty days onward.
Special Directions for Short Season Climates
SOWING: Plant seeds directly outdoors from early spring through latest summer. Cover seed with 1/2 inch of soil.
SPACING: Leave 18 to 24 inches between rows or plant seeds 3 to 4 inches apart in wide row or solid bed plantings.
THINNING: Gradually thin plants 6 to 8 inches apart, enjoying the thinned leaves in salads.
GERMINATION: 1 to 2 weeks depending upon soil and weather conditions. Keep soil moderately moist during germination.
Ed's Special Advice
Harvest outer leaves from a group of established plants, allowing new leaves to grow out from the center. Plants grow best in fairly rich soil kept somewhat moist. A great variety for late crops, it can be harvested into the winter in mild climate areas. Pinch center shoot back when plant matures to prolong harvest period.