Swiss Chard under lights

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Swiss Chard under lights

Not quite sure where I posted my other swiss chard pictures, but here is an update just before watering:

 

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Hi Gisette,   I put the swiss

Hi Gisette,

  I put the swiss chard outside last year on the patio.  Big mistake.  It became the worlds biggest aphid magnet.  I guess the tender growth from growing inside was irresistable.  Then the aphids got inside the basement and onto the AG lettuce.  So, one last taste of swiss chard and it goes into the compost pile....

 

 

 

 

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Could the chard just go

Could the chard just go outside to play in the spring sunshine?

Looks happy and delicious.

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Hi All,   Swiss Chard still

Hi All,

  Swiss Chard still doing well! I haven't harvested in two weeks because I have friends coming down this weekend and wanted a big batch to saute.  This may be the last hurrah for the SC because I have a new mobile seedling grow shelf to roll under the lights (which you will see in a new post). 

 

 

 

 

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, Beth! They still look

, Beth! They still look great! And I'm sure your seedling shelves are getting crowded.

None of my chard seeds have come up outside yet. Didn't really expect them to in only 2 weeks at these temperatures... But my first crocus bloomed today - aw! And one of the overwintered pansies has opened a new bloom, yay!!! Rough winter, to have no pansies bloom until March! I usually get a few brave little displays on and off all through winter...

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Swiss Chard prior to and

Swiss Chard prior to and after second harvest.  Another 13 ounces (bag full) enough for 2 sauteed servings.  Big Duh moment.  Why was I dragging the SC on and off the shelf onto the bread trays when I had an area vacated by the cucs?  All I had to do is slide the bread trays under the lights!  Now I have another shelf for seed starting! 

 

 

 

 

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You're welcome. Definitely on

You're welcome. Definitely on the chard and lime. Spinach likes it too.

I was surprised. The first year I had my growboxes, one had two big tomato plants, but I left one chard in the back, thoroughly shaded by a massively squat 70-tomato-yielding semideterminate. That chard was huge. And it didn't slow down the tomato any.

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Gisette,   Forgot to thank

Gisette,

  Forgot to thank you for the lime tip - swiss chard seems to like that addition!

Beth

 

 

 

 

 

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Aha! You cheat and give bonus

Aha! You cheat and give bonus under-canopy lights to your tomatoes and peppers! Well done!

Beautiful chard!

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Hi All,   Swiss chard after

Hi All,

  Swiss chard after first harvest (13 ounces - enough for two garlic sauteed servings).  And the winter growing area for your viewing pleasure.  Ignore the mess.  I was going to say it is usually organized, but nah, it never is.

 

 

 

 

 

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Nice to know, Beth. Mine got

Nice to know, Beth. Mine got pretty tough outside, especially in summer. Though one grown behind tomatoes in a GrowBox got enormous while I couldn't reach it. They love, love, love the dolomite fertilizer.

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