SWISS CHARD Rhubarb
An attractive and delicious vegetable used much the same as spinach. Crimson colored stalks somewhat resemble rhubarb in color and shape. Dark green leaves are slightly rumpled. Easy to grow and high in vitamin content. Approximately 60 days to maturity.
Special Directions for Short Season Climates
SOWING: Sow seeds directly into the garden as soon as soil can be worked in early spring through mid spring. Cover seeds with 1/2 inch of fine soil.
SPACING: Leave 18 to 24 inches between rows.
THINNING: When seedlings are 3 to 4 inches high thin to 8 to 12 inches apart.
GERMINATION: 1 to 2 weeks depending upon soil warmth and weather conditions. Keep soil moderately moist during germination.
Ed's Special Advice
This is one vegetable that can be grown in the landscape because of its decorative value. Can be grown in containers, borders or the vegetable garden. Start cutting outer leaves when plants are about 8 inches tall for extended harvest, new leaves will grow out from the center. Plants grow best in relatively moist fertile soil. Grow during the cooler part of the growing season. Plant in late summer for fall crop. Use leaves from young thinned plants in salads.
Organic Certification by Washington State Department of Agriculture