Swiss chard is related to the beet, but instead of eating the fleshy roots, we eat the leaves and stems. It's easy to grow, and because of its colorful stalks, Swiss chard is often grown as a border plant as well as a vegetable. The leaves can be prepared as you would other greens. While it's usually grown in Florida as a cool season vegetable, it handles heat as well.
Also on Gardening in a Minute
- Home Gardening Series: Chard--University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service
- Now is the Time for Swiss Chard--North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service
- Swiss Chard: A Tasty Ornamental Plant--Alabama Cooperative Extension Service
- Swiss Chard in the Garden--Utah State University Cooperative Extension (PDF)
- UF/IFAS Extension: Lawn & Garden
- Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program
- Florida Master Gardener Program
- "The Neighborhood Gardener" e-newsletter
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