SWISS CHARD - Knowledgebase Question

9052 FRASER RD., N.
Question by hlwslw1
April 2, 2006
HOW SHOULD I PLANT SWISS CHARD IN MY 4 X 12 RAISED BED ? ALSO , WOULD I GET GOOD RESULTS IF I CUT THE BOTTOM OUT OF A 5 GAL PLASTIC PAIL , FILL IT WITH COMPOST , AND PLANT A POTATO ( WITH 2 EYES ) IN IT ? THANKS !


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Answer from NGA
April 2, 2006

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Swiss chard can be planted beginning in early spring. Plant the seeds directly in the garden. In your raised bed you could use staggered rows or the more space-efficient method of a matted row or block. Plant the seeds a few inches apart, then as they grow and begin to crowd, thin so the plants are about 9 to 12 inches apart. (Eat the thinnings.) Plant the seeds about three fourths of an inch deep.

You can certainly experiment with your potato in a bucket. It would probably work. Remember to leave space so you can "hill" the potato. There are many fun ways to grow potatoes.

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