We are growing 'bright lights' now. If you need help designing your vegetable garden, try our Vegetable Garden Planner. #143016428 - Multi-colored swiss chard on wooden background. (If you have difficulty using this form, please use our Contact Form to send us your comment, along with the title of this article. Chard is one of the most versatile vegetables available and will keep cropping from early summer right through winter. Try stir frying it with soy sauce, chopping it into stews, adding to minestrone soup or any of these ideas for cooking with green vegetables. (800) 588-0151. ", (If you have difficulty using this form, please use our. One of the most important things to do at this stage is to cut off all but one of the seedlings at the base, so that they don’t compete against each other. If you've seen any pests or beneficial insects in your garden in the past few days please report them to The Big Bug Hunt and help create a warning system to alert you when bugs are heading your way. As you have said, it is very hardy and has survived although my first carrots and peas suffered badly! Ruby Chard – deep red stems with a deep green leaf. Baby leaves can also be used to add color and texture to salads. These tend to have thinner white stems but the leaves are softer and less ‘leathery’ in feel. https://www.melissas.com/Bright-Lights-Swiss-Chard-p/526.htm Pink Chard – often with a beautiful striped pink-and-white effect along the stems and light green leaves. White Chard – thick white stems and wide green leaves, this is often the most productive variety with some even being described as silvery in appearance. flavescens ): rainbow chard – see the photograph above – a mix of different types of coloured chard. FOR INFORMATION ON WHEN YOUR ORDER WILL BE SHIPPED, CLICK HERE! The great advantage of these over spinach is that they don’t bolt as easily so you get a good crop over a longer period of time, particularly during hot weather. Add to Likebox #143236095 - Swiss chard farm with irrigation system in background Washington,.. Add your own thoughts on the subject of this article: Top view. These will typically contain the following: The colors are so striking that they can easily form the basis of a colourful garden display – my neighbor who grows a beautiful array of flowers in his garden recently asked what ‘those bright coloured plants’ were in my vegetable patch, as they make a striking feature. Better than spinach for flavor! ", "Lisa, How do you prepare it for freezing? Copy.. Not just a choice for beginners, I think almost every vegetable garden should include this versatile plant. https://www.thespruceeats.com/all-about-rainbow-chard-2216051 Altogether, chard is a hidden gem in the vegetable garden. Color is the striking characteristic of this vegetable and it is often sold in variety packs such as ‘Rainbow Chard’ and ‘Bright Lights’. Bright Lights™ Swiss Chard is a multi-colored Swiss Chard. ruby, red or rhubarb chard – with red stems. I was thrilled to finally find a packet of seeds available as I love the earthy taste of it in preference to spinach. It has an impressive list of heath giving qualities that put it up there with many ‘superfoods’ and it qualifies as a great source of year-round greens. ", "My husband is a 'super-taster' of bitter substances, so he won't eat most greens, but he doesn't detect any bitterness at all in chard. I will be sowing some over the weekend where my squash plants bit the dust (dreaded borers got em). Otherwise it's the only vegetable that has stood up to this particular rainy summer. Not only that but it is incredibly easy to grow, suffers from almost no pests and will withstand most forms of neglect in a garden – erratic watering, competing weeds and even poor soil.