Swiss Chard 'White Silver 2'

This has great flavour and looks wonderful with its chunky white-stems. A hugely long producing and worthwhile plant. More
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This has great flavour and looks wonderful with its chunky white-stems. A hugely long-producing and worthwhile plant.

Chard is one of my desert island veg because you can pick it for months on end and there are so many fantastic ways to cook it . Make sure to strip the white from the green, as they have different cooking times.

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Genus Beta vulgaris subsp. cicla
Variety White Silver 2
Type Hardy Annual
Common Name Swiss Chard, Beet Leaf
Soil Type Fertile, Neutral
Site Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture Well-drained
Height 50cm (20in)
Spacing 10-15cm for salad leaves. 30cm for spinach-like leaves.
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Direct sow from February - October. Can be sown under cover earlier in a gutter or seed tray and transplanted when large enough to handle. Chard needs an open sunny site in rich, moisture-retentive free-draining soil, although it can tolerate some shade in summer. Add organic matter the autumn or winter prior to sowing if necessary and on poor soils apply a balanced fertiliser, such as Organic GroChar Fertiliser. Sow thinly 2.5cm (1in) deep, 10cm (4in) apart in rows 45cm (18in) apart. Two sowings - one in spring and the second in summer – are usually sufficient. The later sowing provides leaves the following spring when growth resumes. Chard also grows well in a pot, use a minimum 25cm (10in) deep container.
Care Tips This will survive winter frosts to keep producing through until spring. Water before the onset of drought; mulch when the soil is warm and moist. Cover plants for overwintering in October with cloches or protect the crown with straw or similar material, then cover with fleece.
Harvesting All year, 4-6 weeks from sowing. In the summer, you can just slice off the whole plant with a sharp knife and within a couple of weeks it will be ready to be picked again. When it's truly cold, harvest the outer leaves only, leaving the heart to continue to grow. Leaves will produce for 4-5 months.
Cooking Notes This is actually two vegetables in one - separate the stem and the leaves, and cook the stem for 2-3 mins longer. Try it Sarah's delicious Ithaca pie recipe - a local version of Spanakopita.
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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Kelly