Winter Swiss Chard

Yes, I am growing a winter garden in the kitchen once more. You just can’t beat the flavor of freshness. This winter I’m trying Swiss Chard. I was not a huge fan of Swiss Chard in the outdoor garden years ago but taste buds change and I’m willing to experiment with it. A good recipe makes a huge difference so Swiss Chard lovers help to me appreciate this easy to grow salad green by sharing your favorite ways to eat this veggie. I’d love the help. I once did not like cabbage or brussel sprouts either but I now love them so who knows it may not be just my hubby eating them – and of course the rabbits.

This plant has surprised me. It is really thirsty. It needs watered every three days and my house is fairly cool. The other plants ask for a drink once a week. I’m thinking I might grow Swiss Chard in a different soil next time. Usually I choose a potting soil very high in humus because indoor garden plants of mine have a tendency to get wet feet and want to die from it. I’ve added peat moss to the denser soils with great success. That is if I can’t find a high humus soil. Our choices at different times of the year can be very limiting.   I’ve also noticed that indoor garden plants need fertilized once a month because of the limited amount of soil. They use up the nutrients fast.

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I thought I’d tuck in some Tom Thumb lettuce in the middle of two rows of Swiss Chard. The pot is  now over crowded and the Swiss Chard is hiding the lettuce from the light so it’s growth is slowed. I need to cut the Swiss Chard and use it. So come on recipes.

I won’t do that again but I might try a row of Swiss Chard and a row of miniature peas since the peas rotted on me twice when they got to the stage when tiny peas appeared on them. Yes, you do not get enough peas to be worth the time and effort but the plants taste like peas and that is rather tasty in a salad. Besides I’ve seeds to use up. Waste not want not you know. Of course the rotting was when I was trying regular potting soil without heavy humus. The soil stayed too moist. I could either add peat moss next time or a combination planting. My brain is whirling with ideas that might mean success.

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Now if only crops did not take so long to grow, I could do far more experiments. The tall thin plants on the left are garlic shoots. They are so yummy sauteed. I used three small bulbs from last summers harvest to start them this winter. I just keep cutting the shoots until they use up the bulbs resources. I have never had success so far growing bulbs in the house but I’m sure someone has the right set up to do so if they desired. I just enjoy the nutrient rich greens in the winter so I’ve not tried too hard.  The plants on the far right are two African Violets of the oldest granddaughters. I use to grow house plants but now I just tend my neighbor’s. House plants don’t taste good  and a garden for me is just so much enjoyable to look at and eat.

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