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Swiss Chard Seeds And Vegetable Container Gardening
Swiss Chard Seeds
Vegetable Container Gardening
Swiss chard seedling
The Riley-Levin Children's GardenClick thumbnail to view full-size
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!
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.