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Swiss Chard Seeds And Vegetable Container Gardening

Updated on November 30, 2013

Swiss Chard Seeds

Swiss chard seeds size compared to penny.
Swiss chard seeds size compared to penny.

Vegetable Container Gardening

Vegetable planting containers compared to the size of my cat Suzie.
Vegetable planting containers compared to the size of my cat Suzie.

Swiss chard seedling

Swiss chard seedling
Swiss chard seedling

The Riley-Levin Children's Garden

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Swiss chard seeds and vegetable container gardening are what I have in plan for this spring and summer season. I pondered over the winter months about growing a garden and had decided that swiss chard would be what I would grow because it is the main source of my diet. I thought if I could grow my own organic swiss chard I could save a little on my shopping bill and also have the freshest 100% organic swiss chard to boot. A friend of mine gave me the idea that I could grow the swiss chard using vegetable container gardening instead of digging up my back yard- I like that idea.

The first thing I had to do was find some swiss chard seeds, so I stopped off at the local home depot and looked around the gardening department where I ran into racks upon racks of vegetable seeds. It is easy to get confused because there are so many brands I never heard of, although a few I remember from my childhood days. There are also different varieties of swiss chard so that added to the confusion. I figured I would play it safe and stick with an old classic brand, Burpee. The Burpee variety I decided on was Fordhook Giant (ACELGA Gigante Fordhook )which is supposed to have a high yielding harvest maturing 60 days.

While at the home depot gardening center I also picked up some large planting containers, organic topsoil, organic peat moss, and organic manure fertilizer. When I returned home I mixed the top soil, peat moss, and manure and filled the vegetable containers one inch from the top. I sowed the swiss chard seeds a few inches apart and covered them with a half an inch of top soil and lightly patted down the soil. For the next few weeks I will keep the soil evenly moist and anxiously watch for sprouts to appear. Later after my seedlings are a few inches tall I will thin them out and transplant the extra seedlings into other vegetable containers.

Hey wish me luck! I hope some of you try doing this too so we can compare the results. I juice my swiss chard with celery and parsley and then blend the juice with apples and bananas in the blender- delicious and nutritious!

Raised Beds

 If you have your own yard you might want to consider raised beds.  I was reminded how effective this method is when I stumbled upon the Riley-Levin Children's Garden while hiking around Manhattan Island New York.  I have included a slide show of some photos I took while strolling through this wonderfully delightful garden.

Planters and Raised Beds

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Decorative PlanterDecorative PlanterDecorative PlanterRaised Hot BedImprovised Bucket PlanterImprovised Planter TubPeas Climbing up Chicken WireRaised BedRaised Bed Closer ViewImprovised Wagon PlanterImprovised Water Bottle Soil Warmer
Decorative Planter
Decorative Planter
Decorative Planter
Decorative Planter
Decorative Planter
Decorative Planter
Raised Hot Bed
Raised Hot Bed
Improvised Bucket Planter
Improvised Bucket Planter
Improvised Planter Tub
Improvised Planter Tub
Peas Climbing up Chicken Wire
Peas Climbing up Chicken Wire
Raised Bed
Raised Bed
Raised Bed Closer View
Raised Bed Closer View
Improvised Wagon Planter
Improvised Wagon Planter
Improvised Water Bottle Soil Warmer
Improvised Water Bottle Soil Warmer

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