SWISS CHARD Large White Rib
Delicious greens used much the same as spinach. Large fairly smooth thick leaves with white rib. High in vitamin content and easy to grow. White ribs can be sliced and used in salads and stirfries or steamed like asparagus. Approximately 60 days to maturity.
Special Directions for Short Season Climates
SOWING: Sow seeds directly into the garden as soon as soil can be worked in early through mid-spring. Cover seed with 1/2 inch of fine soil.
SPACING: Leave 18 to 24 inches between rows.
THINNING: When seedlings are 3 to 4 inches high thin to 8 to 12 inches apart.
GERMINATION: 1 to 2 weeks, depending upon soil and weather conditions. Keep soil moderately moist during germination.
Ed's Special Advice
Start cutting outer leaves when plants are about 8 inches tall for extended harvest. New leaves will grow out from the center. Plants grow best in relatively moist fertile soil. Grow during the cooler part of the growing season. Plant in late summer for fall crop. Use leaves from young thinned plants in salads.