Florida is not the easiest place in the country to grow a crop like Swiss Chard. However, the Author does a great job in detailing all one would need to know to make a good attempt at a successful planting. The most important parts are Timing, soil, and proper nutrients, For example, in north Florida we need to plant early enough to avoid the hot days, but after last frost. In our zone that means only the second week of march, in rich loamy soil, and highly guarded from pests. Not the easiest, but the article has enough information to make it happen
- Chard is a cool weather veggie and will do well with a late planting for fall harvest.
- Planting in early spring will give you sweeter and more tender plants to harvest before the summer
- Harvesting in the summer will often give you the tough, bitter chard that many people do not like
“Springtime chard growing affords you an early hint of the season and provides the best tasting plant.”