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Growing Chard in a Container

A large pot filled with the glossy green leaves and neon-colored stems of chard 'Bright Lights' will add color to any patio. Harvest the baby leaves for salads when young, or allow them to mature for steaming and stir-frying.
Excerpted from Simple Steps: Vegetable Gardening

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Chard Makes Colorful Container Plant for Patio

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Step 1: Add Potting Mix

Position the empty pot in a sunny, sheltered spot. Ensure that the container has drainage holes, cover the base with a layer of crocks, and add multipurpose potting mix to within about 1 inch of the container’s lip.

Add Broken Crock and Potting Mix to New Container

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Step 2: Tease Out the Roots

Water the young chard plants and carefully remove them from their pots, holding them by the roots rather than leaves. Gently tease out the roots to help them establish quickly and space them about 4 inches apart.

Tease Out Roots of Young Chard Before Planting

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Step 3: Add Plants to Container

Place the plants into holes made in the potting mix at the correct spacing, checking that the top of the root ball is just below soil level. Gently firm soil around each plant and water the container thoroughly.

Carefully Firm Soil Around Each Plant

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Step 4: Water Regularly

Water the chard regularly to keep the large leaves firm and in good condition, especially during hot summer weather. You can also apply a nitrogen-rich fertilizer to help maintain vigorous healthy growth.

Water Chard Daily to Maintain Firm Large Leaves

Courtesy of DK - Vegetable Gardening © 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Excerpted from Simple Steps: Vegetable Gardening

© Dorling Kindersley Limited 2007

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