Growing Swiss Chard - Knowledgebase Question

New York, NY
Question by ggrabow351
May 20, 2001
My dad grew great Swiss chard, but mine doesn't do so well. Can you give me some pointers on growing chard, including how I should fertilize it?

Answer from NGA
May 20, 2001


Swiss chard, like spinach, does well in a rich soil that is evenly moist and yet not soggy. A soil that is well prepared and deeply dug with ample organic matter added (such as well rotted manure and compost) will give you a good start. You may want to have your soil tested; the results will provide recommendations for adjusting pH and nutrient levels. Based on test results, you may want to apply a balanced fertilizer such as 10-10-10, or an organic equivalent, according to the label instructions. Finally, occasional foliar feeds of compost tea and/or a seaweed-based fertilizer should do the trick for luxuriant growth.

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