Chard Seed Tape 'Bright Lights' mix - SeedBeta vulgaris var. cicla 'Bright Lights'
A rainbow of tasty Swiss chard from your garden!
A rainbow mix of different colours of Swiss chard 'Bright Lights Mix' (Beta vulgaris), ranging from bright yellow to deep red. Swiss chard is decorative and tasty. The ribs should be harvested when they are nice and long. The seeds are contained between two thin layers of decomposable cellulose. This is ideal for sowing the right amount of seeds at the right distance. Make a shallow groove and lay the tape in, cover with earth and water thoroughly. Length of the seed tape 5 m. Easy to cut to desired length.Show more
Show moreSwiss chard seed needs no prior treatment. Plant a new row every 3 weeks and you will have a continuous supply of fresh chard.
SowingSow in the garden from March - June.
Preferably in full sun, sow from the beginning of March through June. Loosen the soil with a fork to 30 cm deep. Draw a furrow 1 cm deep and cut seed tape to fit. Label the row. Cover the seed with 0.5 cm soil and press lightly down. Sprinkle with water. Extra rows should be 20 cm apart. Chard can stand up to quite a bit of frost but if more than minus five is forecast, do use some garden fleece to protect your plants.
The seed will germinate, depending on temperature, in 14-18 days.
Show moreWater extra in dry periods. Keep the bed free of weeds and your chard will thrive. Swiss chard is easy to grow.
HarvestingHarvest from May to November.
Swiss Chard grows in loose heads and can be harvested in two ways:
- Per leaf. This allows you to harvest from the one plant all the way through the season. Use a sharp knife and thumb and forefinger to avoid pulling the plant up. The plant will continue to grow new leaves. You must allow a few leaves to remain to give it enough strength to grow new ones. Harvest every 2 or 3 weeks.
- Pull the whole head right out of the ground. This gives you it all in one go - you use this method as final harvesting too, having picked leaves throughout the season until then.
Show moreChard is a Biannual and the plant grows a large rosette of leaf with a large taproot but no flowers in the first year. As soon as things heat up in the 2nd year, the plant will 1st develop a lot of foliage and later a flower stalk will form and by then it is no longer interesting as an edible leaf plant as the leaves turn bitter. Chard is a strong healthy plant that has little or no trouble from pests or diseases.
Nowadays there are lots of different kinds of chard available, with varying leaf vein and stem colours. This makes chard attractive in the border too! It looks just lovely, all those colours!
Chard is grown as a winter vegetable specifically because it withstands quite a bit of frost. Best grown where the drainage is good! Chard can be harvesting 2-3 months after sowing.
Chard belongs in the family of Beta vulgaris and is one of the Chenopdiaceae family.
UseChard should be used on same that it is harvested and will only really keep for a day in the fridge.
All types of chard are great in a salad - mix the various types together! Tasty and colourful. The fresher the better of course. It tastes something between chicory and spinach - tender spinach, vaguely bitter chicory. So any recipe with those, you can substitute with chard.
The actual green leaf of the chard stalks can be blanched and eaten with meat and potatoes.