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I see you have three beds for Swiss Chard. I'm going to plant that for the first time in the spring. Do your beds indicate 3 different varieties, or just a lot of one kind? Any specific recommendations for me??
there are three consecutive planting of http://rareseeds.com/seeds/Swiss-Chard/Vulcan-Chard that is a large amount of the same type of chard. we love it. the kids eat it and we put it up for winter. we use it in everything.
I *love* swiss chard! The only thing that's surpassed my love affair with the chard was the "vates" kale I planted for the fall. Mmmmm!Karl, what's your take on the edamame/ soy debate? I know your likely at least familiar with the Weston Price stance on soy. I went back and forth this year about whether to order the edamame or not and finally left it off my order.
Hi Karl, nice layout how big is your garden???Jbmaine
Have you tried Shallots? I've had great luck with them for the last few years in Va. Also, don't fear the collard and mustard. Both go well with your superlative garlic harvest and a little olive oil. Collards especialy laugh at and actually improve in taste with a freeze ~20 degF. I'd recommend brussels but they do need a lot of space and time. Radishes for the kids to keep interested throughout the year are great also. I've had buttercrunch lettuce down to 14degF this year in the cold frame. Good luck
onions are more flexible for us than shallots. we'll probably include collards and mustard greens in the green mix area. we grew radishes our first year. no one ate them. we'll also grow some arugula, we squeeze that in wherever we can.
i also wanted to ask where the potatoes are? in another field? we accidentally grew brussels last year and i am so happy we did. i love them. what about spinach or does swiss chard replace that?
swiss chard does replace spinach for us. we had a horrible time growing potatoes the first year. we have decided to grow things that we know grow well here. potatoes are in our future though. our garden needs to be twice as large as it currently is to add all that we want. we do plan to plant sweet potatoes in another location though.
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