Organic Chard Seeds

How To Grow

Sowing/Planting Seeds

 

  • Can be sown directly outdoors in Summer in Ireland

  • Grow best in fertile soil (e.g. compost) that drains well, in a location that gets some sun.

  • Make hole approx. 2 – 3 cm deep, watering soil before placing 1 seed in, leaving 30 cm between seeds. If sowing more than 1 row, leave approx. 30cm between rows

  • Cover lightly with compost, pressing down gently on top of soil to firm. Gently water. 

  • Germination will take approx. 7 days.

  • Approx. 3 weeks after sowing, if multiple seedlings have sprouted in each spot, to assist growth, thin them to allow strongest seedling to flourish

  • To thin – best to identify the strongest/biggest/healthiest looking seedlings, and use a scissors to cut the ones you want to remove at the base of the plant, just above the soil level

  • Keep the soil weed free, ensuring you don’t damage plant in the process.

  • Ensure soil remains moist, don’t allow to dry out. 

  • To encourage growth and deter pests/slugs, feed every 6 weeks or so with organic fertiliser (e.g. dried milled seaweed fertiliser, sachets available on sow.ie).

 

Growing Time: 
 

  • Approx. 2 months

 

Harvest
 

  • Twist individual leaves away from the base of plant, working from the outside in, when they are approx. 5cm long

  • Harvest leaves often to encourage the plant to produce new leaves


 

Tip: Cut off any flower stems that may appear (plant bolting)

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