Tag Archives: Swiss chard

No let-up!

If you are in the U.K., you may be forgiven for thinking this post is a moan about the incessant rain. However, as it appears to be doing my garden some good – ah, the sandy loam is coming into … Continue reading

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Perennial chard – A sequel

In 2015, I published a blog post entitled ‘Perennial chard’, which has had more hits than any other. Now, I don’t know why precisely people are searching this topic, except from the occasional search term suggesting they are curious to … Continue reading

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Heat and hugelculture 

The other day, newly grown chard on a hugel bed I built earlier in the year looked like this: Never before have I known chard to wilt, let alone be prostrate. Now, it has been warm and dry but I … Continue reading

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The price of chard

At the weekend, I visited a friend who has guinea pigs. Thus, I saw a way of doing her a favour and relieving my garden of a vegetable which had grown so profusely over the last year that I really … Continue reading

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Blistering!

Xscape at Castleford was baking already at 10 am this morning. A children’s birthday party kept me from the PDC until lunchtime but I did enjoy sitting in a cafe reading Patrick Whitefield’s The Earthcare Manual – A permaculture handbook for … Continue reading

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Chard roots

When I first started gardening, the aim was to have an end product: a pleasing garden and some food to eat. Then I discovered that it was a wonderful source of learning. My most recent discovery is that chard can … Continue reading

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Is it March?

It’s a while since I’ve paid any attention to the front garden, apart from collecting stray rubbish which was caught amongst the plants. On Sunday, however, there was no mistaking the daffodil bud on the verge of opening.    I … Continue reading

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Last of the old

I woke up this morning to sunshine, so as soon as I had dropped my daughter off at school I was out in the garden. After all, at the very least, there were the rest of the onions to plant. … Continue reading

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Perennial chard update

Last summer, I sowed Swiss chard (Bright Lights Rainbow Chard) and kept it overwinter. It lasted fine but began to bolt in the late spring. However, I read somewhere that chard could be perennial, so rather than rip it out, … Continue reading

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Perennial chard

I recently learned that Swiss chard is a perennial vegetable, which came as something of a surprise. In previous years mine has always bolted and I’ve had to pull it out at about this time of year. However, with this … Continue reading

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