Growing Swiss chard - this is how it's done

Swiss chard is a must in any garden these days. If you want to grow Swiss chard, then just follow our tips.

Swiss chard is very rich in vitamins

Vegetable plant rich in vitamins: Swiss chard

Swiss chard is a traditional vegetable in our latitudes, which unfortunately has been somewhat forgotten.

Even though more and more star chefs have recently discovered this particularly decorative looking, vitamin-rich vegetable plant for their menu creations and it is therefore being grown again in numerous gardens.

Swiss chard, which is related to various types of beet, provides very good harvest results with easy maintenance.

So just give it a try and grow chard.

Growing Swiss chard - this is how it's done

"Select variety
There are two plant varieties available for chard:

  • Chard or leaf chard (spinach-like preparation)
  • Stalk chard (asparagus-like preparation)

The stalk chard is generally preferred because not only the leaves but also the stems can be consumed at the same time. Swiss chard is available with red, yellow or white stems - mixed cultivation is recommended.

"Plant Swiss chard
The planting distance should be about 40 centimeters, also compared to other vegetables, such as Beans, cabbage, radishes, etc., which in turn can largely prevent mildew from chard. The location for the Swiss chard should always be a nutrient-rich soil (accumulate humus) with sufficient sun exposure (light partial shade is also tolerable). Of course, Swiss chard also feels good in flower beds, where it can develop optically.

Tip: Avoid planting chard next to spinach.

The Swiss chard is usually sown between April and June, when there is hardly any risk of frost. Today, well-grown chard plants can also be purchased in well-stocked specialist shops, which can even be kept as a container plant on balconies and terraces.

Furthermore, the Swiss chard is a two-year crop, which can be harvested in the first year. In the second year of planting, it also forms flowers and new seeds, which in turn can be used for reproduction in the coming years.

"Maintain chard
Shortly after sowing, Swiss chard should be well protected from frost, which is easy to do with a foil cover. Chard plants that have already grown, which of course can only be used after the frosty days, are also only slightly frost-resistant. It should be mentioned that the leaf chard is much more hardy than the stalk chard.

Tip: Swiss chard should be well supplied with compost and regular fertilizer during growth, which promotes its growth. Swiss chard also always loves moist soil, which is why it needs to be watered sufficiently on hot summer days.

"Harvest chard
The harvest takes place in late summer into autumn. The stems are cut from the outside as far down as possible or the leaves are plucked. Any withered leaves should be removed from the stock regularly so that a long harvest is guaranteed.

Tip: Small leaves taste sweeter, large leaves are far more bitter in taste.