After three summers, I finally decided the chard I had been growing as an experiment to see if it could be perennial had to go. I’d chopped it down and some wonderful leaves grew in the spring. Then it bolted, not for the first time in its life but for the last.
It’s too close to the crab apple tree, so will probably be taking moisture from the soil around what is still very much a sapling. Besides, in view of the amount of chard which has self-seeded this year, I can hardly say I want for multi-purpose green leaves.
As if this wasn’t enough, the lettuce has been doing remarkably well this year. Normally, if it germinates at all, it quickly turns to seed. This means I have had some this year which was self-seeded.
However, my sister’s donation of a long tub has turned out to be ideal for true heads of lettuce. I’m on my second this week and fortunately I had two seedlings in reserve to fill their places. So, tonight I’ve put more seed in pots in the hope that this will have germinated for when I need further replacements.