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Swiss Chard



Common Name: Swiss Chard
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Swiss chard is a lettuce like plant that is fairly easy to grow in home gardens. Not only can chard be grown in a garden or raised bed garden like ours. Swiss chard can also be grown in planters or mixed into a flower bed. The beautiful leaves and stems really are decorative as well as edible.
Typically we cut our Swiss Chard when the leafy section is about 9" long or so. I never throw away longer chard but it can have a slightly more bitter taste the larger it gets. I cut individual leaves using scissors near the base being careful not to cut or damage nearby leaves. I try not to cut all the leaves from the same chard plant. Doing this allows the plant to more easily produce other leaves from the same base.



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