If you plant your chard about mid March (zone 6),by mid to end of June ,you should be harvesting tons of chard. the more you pick, the more it grows...I really prefer the younger and more tender stalk, about mid size. If they get too large, you end up removing stems and part of vein. I am still picking lots of chard I planted in March, I agree w/ you about rainbow chard & won't plant again) Entire leaf & stalk is delicious if you sautee onions. ,garlic ,mushrooms in olive oil, Add cut up chard (salad size pieces) to pan and cover and steam about 5 min til chard wilts...DO NOT ADD ANY H2O. Season to taste. I eat it as a side dish, or make a complete meal by using it as sauce for pasta.
My swiss chard doesn't last long enough to get big stalks LOL! I don't know why I even bother planting rainbow chard! I pick the outside leaves when they're small and use them in salads or like baby spinach.
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I don't think you need to worry about crop rotation in the same season, so you can plant chard or whatever else is in season for a summer crop like bush beans. I have 4x4 boxes so I can put a pepper plant or an eggplant in that square.
I read in a major gardening magazine that the 'Sea of Red' lettuce is a great summer lettuce to grow. The gardener featured for this vegetable lives in the Dallas area so I ordered some seeds and have them growing. They are still small and am thinking of growing some more in pots.
Supposedly, the hotter the weather the better and you can harvest all summer. I have swiss chard but also have tmj and can not chew anything challenging. My swiss chard is a challenge so I just juice it. I'm looking forward to my lettuce getting big enough to harvest. (I started late)
Anyway, just another suggestion.
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I agree about planting swiss chard. I grow it all summer long and you can continuously harvest from it. I cook the stems along with the leaves (chopped), whether steamed or stir-fried and they are delish!
I am not sure what is good to plant in the same place as anything. I know you are supposed to rotate things. I love Swiss Chard. The leaves taste like spinach and work in all the spinachy recipes. I haven't found a great use for the stalks, but they are totally edible. I don't know if there are cross pests or nutritional issues growing Swiss Chard in the same place as spinach. Swiss chard doesn't bolt even when it gets HOT!
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I'm getting ready to pull up my spinach flowers....... Just wondering if any of you have specific things you then rotate into this area? Then what do you harvest before planting your fall spinach in that spot?
I could always put in more onions and beans but it doesn't seem very creative.....
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