How to Grow Swiss Chard

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Swiss chard is best planted in the spring in well-tilled soil. Incorporate as much compost into the soil before planting Swiss chard with help from an organic farmer in this free video on vegetable gardening and horticulture. View Video Transcript

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Hi I'm Jarrett from Stone Soup Farm and this is how to grow swiss chard. Swiss chard is a lovely leafy cooking green that we can grow well. The best way to plant swiss chard is in the Spring into well tilled soil like this. We have here a raised bed. The most important thing is to get it nice and fluffy and loosened up the soil if you can do it. It is good if you can make a raised bed like this and it is also good to have as much compost or manure incorporated into the soil before hand as possible. Swiss chard is fairly frost hardy so you can get away with planting it about three to two weeks before your last frost state because it will survive those early frosts. It also will grow all Summer long so you can continuously plant new successions every month or so. The best way to do it would be if you would have a garden seeder like this and you can get seed plates for it and seed them in rows pretty easily. If you do it with this or if you do it by hand with a garden spade then you can make these rows and sprinkle the seeds in. You want your final seeds to be at about one seed per inch or if you would rather do them in clumps you can make small holes at about one foot or 18 inch spacing and put about three seeds into each hole. They prefer nice sandy loose soil but they are pretty flexible overall and one thing to keep in mind is to keep them well watered and keep them relatively weed free for the duration of the season and you should have harvestable swiss chard within about a month to six weeks after planting. If you don't harvest the entire plant but would rather harvest the outside leaves before the leaves start to die back then you would allow the inside leaves to continue to grow and you can continuously harvest stuff from a single plant for many months. I'm Jarrett from Stone Soup Farm and that is how to harvest chard.