Chard seed

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Sowing suggestions for chard seed

Direct sow chard seed in shallow drills of 1.5cm depth. When plants are 15cm high thin to appropriate spacing. Make early sowings in modules starting in February and then transplant outside 4-5 weeks later to crop from May onwards. Sowing after midsummer will provide you with leaves from autumn until the following spring.

Chard growing calendar
Chard growing calendar

Crop History

Chard has been cultivated for at least 2000 years in the Mediterranean. Farmers domesticated chard from a leafy plant found in coastal regions known as ‘sea beet’. Other cultivars adapted from this wild plant include beetroot, fodder beet and sugar beet.

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