Bright lights chard

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loubylou29

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Bright lights chard
« on: September 16, 2007, 20:27 »
I planted some chard seeds in a bed, none came up, but there was loads all over the weedy bits of the plot.. I moved them and with  bit of TLC they have taken and are healthy now.
They are around 10 inches high. Should I leave them to get bigger and stronger or can I start taking some leaves now?
The stems are not long they look a bit spinachy mainly pale (as in lime green not dark) leaves.
If I take the leaves do I just chop the lot off or do I take the outer leaves and leave the smaller 'core' leaves?
Thanks
Lucy
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WG.

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Bright lights chard
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2007, 21:36 »
Use them anytime.  Pull outer leaves as you would pull rhubarb & don't take more than half the plant.   Hold plant steady to avoid root disturbance.  Stems and leaves are both edible

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noshed

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« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2007, 21:39 »
Mine lasted all through last winter, just taking a couple of leaves a week off each plant.
Self-sufficient in rasberries and bindweed. Slug pellets can be handy.

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« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2007, 22:30 »
give a couple a feed of sulphate of ammonia and this will boost them on and give biger crisper leaves  :wink: teaspoon per plant water it in :wink:
still alive /............

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loubylou29

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« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2007, 11:18 »
Thanks all!



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