Beautiful green leaves
Eat like spinach
Brightly colored stems and huge green leaves add color interest to the garden. Easy to grow and prolific.
Great fresh in salads or as a garnish. Can also be cooked-steamed or stir fried. I add it to my quiches instead of spinach.
Watch out for pests that will eat & damage the leaves. Aphids especially love it. Plant some marigolds or cosmos, basil, cilantro and dill around these to repel insects. No chemicals required.
Swiss chard likes it cool, plant in spring or fall. Once the frost is over, sow seeds full sun 1/8" deep in well drained soil- add some sand if needed. Here in zone 9 northern California, it is December 1st and my chard is still producing! Most of the other plants in the garden are frozen from some extra chilly nights.