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Swiss Chard

Swiss chard is easy to grow, highly productive, beautiful, tasty and totally underappreciated. Plants may bolt (or flower) during hot summer weather. Use leaves as a spinach substitute in any recipe or sautéed in olive oil with a bit of garlic.

Size: 12 to 24 inches

Sunlight requirements: Full sun (A minimum of six hours is ideal.)

Water requirements: About 1 inch per week

Soil requirements: Well-drained soil, high in organic matter

When to plant: Direct-seed when soil temperatures are between 50 and 75 degrees F.

Where to plant: Garden; containers

When to harvest: When 1 to 2 inches in length (young leaves); 60 days after planting (full-sized leaves). Harvest outer leaves for summer-long harvests.

Product storage: Store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.

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