- Chard is a beet that has been chosen for leaf production at the expense of storage root formation.
- Chard will produce fresh white, yellow or red leaf stalks. It is an attractive ornamental that adds color to the vegetable garden.
- Chard should be directly seeded into the garden in early spring to mid-spring.
- Plant seeds 1/2 to 3/4 inches deep (8 to 10 seeds per foot of row) Thin seedlings to 4 to 6 inches apart.
- An alternative method is to thin the seedlings to 2 to 3 inches apart; then, when they are large enough for greens (6 to 8 inches tall), harvest the excess plants whole, leaving a final spacing of 9 to 12 inches between plants.
- Maintain sufficient soil moisture to keep plants growing well.