As the early growing season is coming to a close, I'll soon be pulling out some of my spring crops to make room for the tomatoes, peppers and other summer favorites. The fact that my broccoli rabe has flowered is usually a good sign that it's time to start the switch over.
This spring I planted Swiss Chard for the first time. I've never even tasted it before but I've always wanted to try it. So in my usual winter seed buying frenzy I ordered some Swiss Chard to try it out. Yes, the sensible thing would have been to buy it at the market to see if I liked it first but I've never been accused of being sensible.
Before I bought the seeds, I saw a great looking recipe for pasta with Swiss Chard and bacon in an issue of Bon Appetit magazine and that's when I knew that I'd be growing swiss chard this year. The recipes in that magazine always look so good and who doesn't love bacon? I mean really, it was a no brainer.
Sometime in April, I sowed the seeds directly in the garden. Really nothing too special about growing Swiss Chard, just kept the seeds moist until they germinated like any other seed and then watched them grow. I could have weeded more around the plants but they did fine without much effort on my part.
Well, about 2-3 months later, it's harvest time and I had better make sure that I've stocked up on bacon because this weekend the chard will be picked. Hopefully, I'll like the taste of it and won't have grown it just for the compost pile. Wish me luck.