- Bright red stems with mild flavoured green leaves
- Chard has a rich, earthy taste somewhere between beetroot and spinach
- Adds a splash of colour to the garden in winter
- Great to grow in borders or pots
- Use like spinach or pick the leaves while they are young for salads.
- Plant in spring or autumn and enjoy both summer and winter vegetable crops!
- Best time to plant
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Good pest and disease resistance
Chard may encounter issues with Downy Mildew, grey mould and birds. To prevent fungal infections ensure that the plants are properly spaced and the area around them is kept clean of debris and weeds. Also ensure you water at the soil and try to prevent splashing from the soil onto the leaves.MORE
Water the plants regularly to keep the ground constantly moist. If you are unsure, feel the soil with your hand. If it feels dry up to a fingernail deep then you can give the plant a watering. During winter the cold weather and rain should be enough to keep the plant watered most of the time. MORE
Plant in a position where the plants will receive around 6-8 hours of direct sunlight every day.MORE
Any fertile, well-draining soil
Will grow well in a mix of three parts compost and one part topsoil. MORE
Feed when newly planted
Around 2 weeks after planting, Chard would benefit from a nitrogen-rich fertiliser such as blood meal to help promote green, leafy growth. It will not need any more feeding after that.MORE
Pruning not required
No pruning needed.MORE