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Swiss Chard is one of the prettiest plants to grow in your garden. The stalks come in vibrant shades of white, yellow, orange, pink, and red. The big green leaves tend to be dark, glossy, and ruffled. Swiss Chard is known as a great addition to Southern recipes, but it has been the newest addition to Green Smoothies because of all of its nutritional properties. Growing Swiss Chard isn’t difficult, but it isn’t easy-peasy either.
In order to grow organically, you have to start with organic seeds. Make sure the Certified USDA Organic seal of approval is on the seed packet. Sow the seeds two inches apart in well-draining organic soil. As with most large green leafy vegetables in the lettuce family, Swiss Chard likes to be well watered and doesn’t do well when allowed to dry out.
To grow an organic garden you also need to have organic soil. Swiss Chard can be sowed directly into garden soil that has had compost added to it They also do wonderfully in raised beds that have organic potting soil, combined with organic soil amendments such as vermiculite plus blood and bone meal.