I really must do some research at the store and see how much Swiss Chard costs. When I have looked, it looks like 6 to 10 leaves cost $2 or more.
Swiss Chard is a truly frugal vegetable. What I love the most about it is the fact that you harvest a few leaves at a time, rather than uproot the entire plant. I planted in September and these few plants will grow through to March or April when they can no longer survive the heat.
Here’s how to harvest Swiss Chard. You start out with a few plants that look like this:
I think it would be so cool to grow enough that I could sell at the local farmer’s market. Those farmer’s market farmers make a LOT of money off their produce. That’s where I should start figuring the savings my garden is providing us.
They would be the perfect container garden vegetable for someone who lives in an apartment and can only have a few plants. Several years ago, I started Bright Lights Swiss Chard in little pots (instead of direct seeding as I normally do), and when I knew what color each plant was I transplanted them into gallon containers and gave them to one of my coworkers. She harvested fresh Swiss Chard for months. She no longer works for our company but when we run into each other she has mentioned how much she loved the little container garden that year.
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