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12-11-2006, 10:26 AM
This article is good about swiss chard. When I was in Spain and Portugal I kept seeing this weird looking plant in the gardens. It was as tall as me and had places where something had been pulled off all up and down the stem. At first I thought it was brussel sprouts, but it wasn't! It was KALE! If you just continue to harvest the outer leaves, the stalk will continue to grow UP and give you more and more leaves to harvest. You can harvest all season long from the same plant! I've been gardening a long time, and I never knew that!
12-11-2006, 10:33 AM
I would think that chard would be rather tough if you kept it growing like that. My daughter loves the stuff but the only way she'll eat it raw is when it's a baby.
I grow onions and I cut off some of the green part, always leaving a couple of leaves on each plant. This does seem to stunt the growth a bit, but provided we have a mild winter and not too much rain, I will still have an onion bulb for later harvest. I've kept onions clear up until the next year's planting time.
12-11-2006, 01:07 PM
mine's in the garden under a sheet of plastic and I usually eat it through most of winter. In Canada!
Our preference is the red varieties.
It's great to juice!!
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