You can harvest frequently from these colorful plants. Snip the young leaves, and use them in summer salads or stir-fries.
Although many vegetables need space to produce a worthwhile crop in a pot, there are plenty that can be grown successfully in more cramped conditions. Grow a container planted with chard outside your back door, and you can grab a handful whenever you need it.
When to Plant: Spring to early summer
At Its Best: Summer to fall
Time to Complete: 30 minutes
Make sure the container has adequate drainage holes and then cover the base with clay pot pieces. Top up the container with soil.
Water small plants of rainbow or ruby chard. Tip them from their pots, and carefully tease out the roots. This helps them establish quickly.
Plant the chard fairly close together for a good display. Firm in and water well. Keep well watered and cut back flowering stems to prolong the crop.
Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
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