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One of the very best edible and ornamental plants, with brilliant-red stems through deep-green leaves. Eat it like spinach, or allow it to run up to flower to give brilliant colour and height to your garden.
|Genus||Beta vulgaris subsp. cicla|
|Common Name||Red Chard, Rhubarb Chard, Swiss Chard|
|Soil Type||Fertile, Neutral|
|Site||Full Sun, Part Shade|
|Spacing||10-15cm for salad leaves. 30cm for spinach-like leaves.|
|Sowing, Seeds, Planting||Direct sow from April-August. Can sow under cover from February onwards in a gutter or seed tray.|
|Care Tips||Protect with cloches in winter for good quality growth. This can be grown in container pots.|
|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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