Chard is hardy, very easy to grow, delicious, super-nutritious and a great salad crop for both bed and planter growing. We've chosen the prettiest chard around, too, so what's not to love?
All the vegetable seeds we sell are organic, and the variety of chard we currently stock is Bright Lights (Beta vulgaris subsp. vulgaris) - also known as Five Colours or rainbow chard.
As the name suggests, this is a gorgeous, multi-toned variety, full of jewel-bright stems ranging in colour from scarlet and orange to fuchsia pink, sunshine yellow and white.
How to grow chard
Sow your chard seeds outside March-July, for harvesting May-October.
Sowing into the ground
Choose a well-drained, sunny location, and clear any weeds. Dig over the soil, break up lumps and rake flat.
Create shallow drills at least 30cm apart. Water the drills first, then sow your seeds thinly along them, and cover with 1cm of soil.
Sowing into containers
If you don't have a garden, you can grow chard in a large outdoor container instead. A half-barrel, old ceramic sink, window box or even a washing-up bowl should do the job - just make sure you add drainage holes and fill it with good quality, multi-purpose potting compost.
As your chard grows
Continue to water regularly, and as your chard seedlings grow, thin them out so they are 20cm apart.
Your chard can be harvested as baby leaves (perfect for salad) around six weeks after sowing. More mature leaves are delicious fried, or steamed like spinach.
In both cases, pull or cut off leaves individually, allowing the rest of the plant to keep growing.
Top tip 1: Chard is a biennial plant (it has a two-year life cycle). Plants left in over winter will grow again in early spring. This should give you one more chance to pick the leaves before they get too bitter, and the plant goes to seed.
Top tip 2: Chard is from the same family as beetroot - it just doesn't develop the big purple root. And yes, you can eat beetroot leaves!
From plot to plate! Chard recipes
How to order
If you'd like to buy just one or two packets of our chard seeds, please visit our online shop.
If you'd like to buy 50 or more packets, for larger scale gardening or grow-your-own ventures, we offer good bulk discounts. Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can give you a custom quotation for your project.