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How to Grow Swiss Chard at Home

How to grow swiss chard

How to Grow Swiss Chard at Home

  • Swiss Chard is very hardy and a heavy feeder.
  • A heavy feeder takes a lot of nutrients out of the ground.
  • Swiss Chard needs a lot of compost to help keep the soil fertile.
  • It is better to sow Swiss Chard straight into the soil 'in situ', as transplanting can slow the growth.

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Companion Planting with Swiss Chard

    Companions (do well together)
  • Swiss Chard grows well with most other vegetables, herbs and flowers.
  • Swiss Chard enjoys the company of flowers like Black-eyed Susan's and Calendulas.
  • It likes to be grown near Fennel.

  • Antagonists (don't do well together)
  • Swiss Chard enemies unknown

Tips on Harvesting & Eating Swiss Chard

  • Swiss Chard can be used to prepare many delicious dishes. Using the young leaves in a salad is scrumptious as it has a nutty taste.
  • Some people use either the green or the white bits of the Swiss Chard; instead use the whole leaf and stem, lightly steamed, so as not to lose the flavor.
  • Substituting Swiss Chard for spinach makes a subtle yet tasty difference.
  • When you harvest the leaves, it is best to snap the whole leaf and stem off from the base.
  • If you cut it, the piece of stem that is left will prevent new leaves from forming.

Recipe to Cook Organic Swiss Chard

Swiss Chard 'n cheese Pancakes
    Pancake mixture
  • 2 eggs
  • 1cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • Water
  • Make the pancake mixture by mixing all the ingredients together and allow this mixture to stand for one hour.
    Swiss Chard filling
  • 1 Onion
  • Oil for frying
  • Bunch of Swiss Chard
  • Feta or Cheddar cheese
  • 2 cloves of Garlic
  • 2 sprigs of oregano

  • Chop and fry the onion till light brown.
  • Chop up the Swiss Chard, and add to the pot, this needs to cook for about 5 minutes till soft.
  • Add the chopped garlic and oregano.
  • Switch off the heat and add the Feta or grated Cheddar cheese.
  • Allow to stand while making the pancakes.
  • Fill the pancakes with the Swiss Chard and cheese mixture.

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