Trays of 6
■ 6 Weeks till first harvest
■ Break leaves at the plant base to ensure continuous picking
Swiss chard is a cool-season vegetable that prefers sunny locations and fertile, well-drained soil. Swiss chard tastes best when plants grow rapidly and mature before the heat of summer. Irrigation should be frequent and uniform to ensure good growth. Control insects and diseases throughout the year. Harvest Swiss chard when the leaves reach full size.
When transplanting swiss chard wait until they have a strong stalk and mature leaves. As soon as the plant first takes on leaves you can see the difference between its “baby leaves” and the mature leaf. Let them have at least one set of mature leaves before transplanting. Swiss chard prefers fertile, well-drained soils rich in organic matter for best growth. Before planting, incorporate 10cm of well-composted organic matter or apply 4-6
cups of all-purpose fertilizer (16-16-8 or 10-10-10) per 10 square meters. Work this into the top 15cm of soil.
Spacing 25cm apart