Learn how to grow Swiss chard—or simply “chard”—a green known for its bright and colorful stems. A great choice for fall gardens, Swiss chard is prolific—leave plenty of room in the garden bed! It has a mild flavor, adding nutrition and color to salads, pastas, pizzas, quiches, sandwiches, and more. Here’s how to plant, grow, and harvest Swiss chard in your garden!
About Swiss Chard
Swiss chard is a member of the beet family and both its stems and leaves can be eaten cooked or raw. Chard may also go by the names leaf beet, seakale beet, silver beet, and spinach beet. Best known for its bright and colorful stems, Swiss chard comes in a rainbow of hues—pink, yellow, orange, red, and white.
Typically grown as a cool-season crop because it grows quickly and easily during the cooler temperatures of spring and fall, chard is tolerant of hotter temperatures, too. Its growth will slow down in summer, but chard’s higher heat tolerance makes it a great salad green to grow when it gets too hot out for the others.
Chard is a superfood, high in vitamins A, C, and K. It doesn’t have that bitter taste that a lot of other greens have, and it makes a good substitute for spinach or kale, if you’re not a fan of those superfoods.
On top of all its virtues as a garden vegetable, chard is a lovely edible ornamental plant to mix with landscaping! Its rainbow of colors are beautiful! Why, you could even use chard in a vase or bouquet, mixed with flowers or on its own. Why should flowers have all the fun?