Fordhook Giant Swiss Chard
Sun - full sun
Spread - 12 inches
Height - 22 inches
Soil Temp. for Germination - 50-75 degrees F.
Sow - 1/2" deep, 2-3" apart
Days to Germination - 5-17
Thin - 10-16" apart
Days to Maturity - 50-60 days
Soil pH - 6.0-6.8
Ideal Planting Time - plant directly in your garden 2 weeks before last frost
Planting Tips - Chard grows well in any soil type, but it prefers a sunny location in well-drained soil that is rich in humus. Make sure to water Swiss Chard regularly because dry conditions tend to make the flavor harsh.
Harvest Tips - outer leaves can be harvested as soon as developed, but take care not to damage stalk during removing
Available - 1/2 oz & 1 oz pkgs.
Swiss Chard has many uses. You can use the young tender leaves as a salad green and mature leaves can be cooked like you would use spinach - either steamed, boiled or sauteed in a little butter.
In addition to being an excellent source of vitamins A and C as well as several minerals, Swiss Chard's abundance of vitamin K makes it especially valuable for maintaining strong bones.
Swiss Chard is probably the most under appreciated of all vegetables. It is vitamin rich and nutritious. It is extremely easy to grow. A prolific grower, Swiss Chard tolerates poor soil, inattention, and withstands frost and mild freezes. Swiss Chard tastes good.
You can eat both the stalk and the leaves. The leaves can be used as a fresh salad, or cooked like spinach. The stalks are cut up and cooked in a variety of dishes.