Chard is a relative of spinach and beetroot, and as a native of Northern Europe is an excellent plant to grow in the UK. Follow these instructions for how to grow chard.
Chard is a perennial vegetable which means that it will come back again and again. Seed sown now will produce a late summer and autumn crop, before dying back in the winter to reemerge in the early spring. Treated well it will come back year after year.
The plant is versatile in its culinary uses, as the young leaves can be eaten raw and the seedlings can even be grown as microleaves.
The large leaves and ribbed stems can be steamed, stir fried or added to many dishes in place of spinach or other greens.
London Herb Garden Vegetable Seed Club Subscribers will receive Rhubarb Chard seeds this month. Originating from Lincolnshire, the variety is an English classic.
How to grow chard
Soak seeds in a damp cloth over night, before sowing.
Sow seeds in drills 2.5 cm deep, cover and water well.
Two or three seedlings will appear from each seed, so thin to 20cm between plants.
Harvest leaves as needed, or harvest whole plant to leave a 2cm stump, where new foliage will emerge.