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Swiss chard: Beta vulgaris Fordhook Giant

Swiss chard: Beta vulg Swiss chard is grown for its succulent leaves and leaf stalks. One of the best of the green chard heirlooms, 'Fordhook Giant' is delicious steamed or sautéed in olive oil with garlic. Beta vulgaris vegetable grasslike leaves,ovate leaves,,ovate leaves,,,ovate leaves,,,ovate leaves,,ovate rose-pink to burgundy leaves,,round, glossy, leathery leaves,,,,glossy, multicolored leaf stalks and veins,glossy leaves,creamy veins and stems upright upright grasslike leaves,ovate leaves,,ovate leaves,,,ovate leaves,,,ovate leaves,,ovate rose-pink to burgundy leaves,,round, glossy, leathery leaves,,,,glossy, multicolored leaf stalks and veins,glossy leaves,creamy veins and stems medium-green grasslike leaves,ovate leaves,,ovate leaves,,,ovate leaves,,,ovate leaves,,ovate rose-pink to burgundy leaves,,round, glossy, leathery leaves,,,,glossy, multicolored leaf stalks and veins,glossy leaves,creamy veins and stems 119 0 130 vegetable Flea beetles, leafhoppers, and aphids may occur. 0 0 Fordhook Giant 24 To avoid fibrous, bitter leaves, keep soil evenly moist and mulch to conserve moisture. Water with compost or manure tea every 4 weeks. 0 Healthy plants can tolerate a few leaf holes. Use floating row covers to shield plants from insect pests. 7-10 The Complete Vegetable and Herb Gardener; When large enough to use, pick individual outer leaves, snapping them off at their base. Regular harvesting will promote new growth from center of plant. Save thinnings to use in salads. 50-55 Swiss chard and beets are examples of selection and breeding of the same plant for different characteristics. While chard has been grown for its nutritious leaves and stems for hundreds of years, beets were bred for their large, sweet roots. Direct sow in spring when danger of frost has passed, 1/2-1 inch deep, 2-3 inches apart in rows 15-18 inches apart. Thin to 6-8 inches apart. 1 Chard, like beets, will sprout several plants from one "seed," so thin young plants to 6?8 inches. Remove any flower stalks that appear. fertile, well drained 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 > 0 0 0 0
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