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Chard: Under Cover


Swiss Chard - Grown Under a Row Cover

Swiss Chard - Grown Under a Row Cover

I’ve decided that 2011 will be the year I finally move my gardening habit into the cooler weather seasons. I’ve gotten a start from a row of Swiss Chard that was planted in the spring of last year. I noticed at the tail end of February that these plants were still setting new growth, and I decided to cover the row as a way to help the plants produce earlier in the season.

This is the first time I’ve used a row cover to get a jump on the season, and I’m fairly surprised at how easy it is, and how well it works. I also wanted to show the difference between the plants which have been protected, and the ones which have felt the full brunt of the late winter snow.

Swiss Chard - Fully Exposed to Weather

Swiss Chard - Fully Exposed to Weather

The exposed chard isn’t looking too good. Many of the leaves are wilted, and I doubt they are edible, never mind tasty. There is one small leaf in the photo which might sustain a cricket for a day, but It would be nearly useless for a human snack.

Now…. To find more plastic to use as a row cover for some soon to be planted lettuce.

I should also note that I’ve planted my Artichoke and Brussels Sprouts seeds on March 14th.

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