Swiss Chard (Beta) – Fall Care

Swiss Chard is a cool weather ornamental and edible crop planted in early spring or late summer. Mulching will help retain the necessary moisture for this plant to thrive.

Fertilizer: When planted in the fall and used as an ornamental, it will not need any additional fertilizer.

Hardiness:  Not hardy in Michigan

Water:  Semi-dry to Moist

Soil:  Plants prefer a nitrogen rich soil with plenty of organic matter. Sandy loam to clay loam.

Pests:  Slugs and Snails – Begin watching for them so that you may set traps or hand pick.

Usage: The steamed stalks taste something like asparagus but milder. Swiss chard makes an excellent container plant or accent plant in the fall garden.


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