How to Grow rainbow chard
3 Easy Steps to Success!
A mild flavour which is a great addition to winter salads or dishes. Adds a lovely burst of colour to the garden all winter. It's a hardy plant and may survive mild winters, giving you produce for a whole year!
Choose a site or pot with loose, moist but well-drained soil, in full sun to partial shade. Make sure not to plant them where other brassicas (e.g. broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, cabbage, turnips, kale, kohlrabi) have grown in the last 3-4 years to avoid disease.
Sow 1 seed per cell in modular trays or pots. Chard seeds are actually small clusters of seed which will produce 3 to 5 little plants.
Or grow inside any time of year to seedling (microgreen) size in a sunny windowsill, chop and eat!
Separate before planting. Plant out 3 weeks later. Seedlings should be planted firmly into the soil. Space plants about 4 per square foot, or 25-30cm apart for the best yield. Water well.
Chard can be grown as a cut-and-come-again crop. Young tender leaves can be harvested for salads, however when starting out, it's best to wait until the leaves are the size of your hand to give the plant a chance to establish itself.
Eat soon after harvesting, will store 1-3 days in fridge.