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Swiss chard may not be missing in any garden these days. If you also want to grow chard, then just stick to our tips.
Vitamin rich vegetable plant: Swiss chard
Swiss chard is a traditional vegetable variety in our latitudes, which unfortunately fell into oblivion.
Although more and more star chefs have recently discovered this particularly decorative-looking, vitamin-rich vegetable plant for their menu creations and is therefore being re-cultivated in numerous gardens.
Mangold, which is related to different beet varieties, provides very good harvest results with easy care.
So give it a try and grow chard.
Grow chard - That's how it's done
With Mangold you have two types of planting available:
- Cut mangold or leaf mangold (spinach-like preparation)
- Stem mangold (asparagus-like preparation)
The stalk mangold is usually clearly preferred, because not only the leaves, but at the same time the stems can be consumed. Chard is available with red, yellow or white stems - it is recommended a mixed cultivation.
The planting distance should be about 40 centimeters, also compared to other vegetables, such. Beans, cabbage, radishes, etc., which in turn can prevent powdery mildew from chard. As a location for the chard should always a nutrient-rich soil (humus accumulate) with enough sun influence (light penumbra is also still tolerable) are selected. Of course, chard also feels good in flowerbeds, in which it can develop visually completely.
Tip: If possible, do not plant chard next to spinach.
The chard is usually sown between April and June, when there is hardly any more frost to worry about. Today it is also possible to buy already grown chard plants in well-stocked specialist shops, which can even be kept as a container plant on balconies and terraces.
Furthermore, the chard is a two-year cultivated plant, which can already be harvested in the first year. In the second year of planting, it also produces flowers and new seeds, which in turn can be used for reproduction in the coming years.
"Maintain Swiss chard
Shortly after sowing, chard should be well protected from frost, which is easy to achieve with a foil cover. Already grown chard plants, which of course may only be used after the frosty days, are also only slightly frost-resistant. It should be mentioned that the leaf mangold is much winter hardier than the stem mangold.
Tip: Swiss chard should be well supplied with compost during fertilization and regularly with fertilizer, which promotes its prosperity strongly. Likewise, chard always loves moist soil, which is why it must be poured sufficiently on hot summer days.
The harvest takes place in late summer until autumn. The stems are cut from the outside as far down as possible or the leaves plucked. Wilted leaves should be removed regularly from the hive so that a long harvest yield is guaranteed.
Tip: Small leaves taste sweetish, large leaves are much tarter in taste.