Swiss chard is a great addition to the early spring and fall garden. While it is easy to start chard seeds in the garden in the fall, winter sowing Swiss chard in the early spring is another option. When winter sown, there’s no need for grow lights or indoor seed starting. Like many other greens, it can also be planted out into the garden quite early in the season.
While I never plan recipes in the kitchen around Swiss chard, somehow, it almost always gets used. Most commonly, I like to substitute the Swiss chard into recipes that call for spinach. I love spinach so much, but it always bolts way too fast in the spring.
If I’m being completely honest, I hadn’t really planned on winter sowing swiss chard this year. However, those plans changed when a close friend bought me a pile of cheap seeds as a holiday gift. To winter sow these seeds, I started them in trays in late January. By February, the seeds had already started to germinate. It’s likely that I will begin the process of transplanting them out into the garden around mid March.
Do you grow Swiss chard? How do you plant them? Have you ever tried winter sowing? I’d love to hear all about your experiences in the comments below!
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