Swiss chard also known as chard is one of those types of vegetables that thrives when the temperature is cool. During the spring and fall is when Swiss chard grows the best.
It will grow in the summer too because it can tolerate the high temperature, but it will grow slower than in cooler temperatures. It may not have the same taste as it would if you waited until the cooler months. Swiss chard is in the beet family, but people cook the vegetable like greens or eat it raw.
Before you begin growing chard, there are eight important things that you will need to know. Swiss chard won’t grow perfect unless you grow it right. When it comes to growing vegetables there are things that you should and shouldn’t do.
By following the rules, your Swiss chard will taste crisp and fresh. It will taste better than store-bought chard, which has been laying out for days.
1. Grow your chard in flower pots or modules before transferring them to the ground.
Place chard seeds a few inches apart from each other. Since they need to be in the sun, you can move them to a sunny area. Once the chard grows a few inches, you can transfer them to the ground.
When you place the seeds in the pots or modules, use high-quality soil. The soil needs to be well-draining with compost. If you use bad soil, add in fertilizer, such as 10-10-10. Since they will be in modules or pots, you’ll need to keep the soil moist. They don’t need to be drenched, but water them every day if you need to.
It is a good idea to place them outside when it rains so that it’ll help in the watering process. If the soil gets too dry, your chard won’t germinate. They need water to grow.