Raised Bed Gardening Blog

Swiss Chard

Created on Tuesday, 19 June 2012 09:04

Swiss chard should be a constant in your Grow Y'own or garden. Its similar to spinach, kale, and collard greens, has a crunchy stalk, and a lengthy nutritional profile. It is an excellent source of vitamins A,K,C,E, magnesium, manganese, potassium, and iron. Its a good choice for lowering cancer risk with its combination of minerals, phytonutrients, and fiber. It is a rich source of vitamin K, which is needed for production of osteocalcin (a protein important in bone and tooth mineralization). White chard is the most tender, but all varietals are delicious, Chard and kale are two of the easiest, most prolific, and longest growing vegetables. We had a chard 'hedge' and kale 'hedge' for over 3 years in our grow bed. Imagine how much money was saved in just chard and kale! You just pick the biggest outer leaves, and the center keeps coming and coming. It needs very little care, and thrives in almost any climate. This one's a complete no-brainer!

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