Erbette chard planted last year just came up

milehighgirl(CO USDA 5B/Sunset 2B)April 15, 2014

I was so disappointed that the chard I planted last year didn't come up. It was probably too warm when I did it. I was so disappointed and figured that the seeds, which were a couple of years old, weren't good anymore. I bought a couple more packets for this year. Oh well:)

While, traipsing through my orchard this morning, there they were as happy as clams, even though we got to 19 last night.

Swiss chard is something everybody should grow! I got my seeds of Erbette from Bountiful Gardens.

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laceyvail(6A, WV)

I think Erbette chard is the best chard in the world. Bountiful Gardens is the ONLY purveyor of Erbette in the US now, and I'm terrified they'll drop it. I've tried a number of other chards, including lettuce type chards, and found them nowhere near as good. The lettuce types attracted a lot of pests.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 6:44AM
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milehighgirl(CO USDA 5B/Sunset 2B)

lacyvail, I was inspired by a post from you! I have been getting mine from Bountiful Gardens (love them!) but also found them at Cook's Garden. $4.95 for a 2 gram packet at Cook's Garden, and $2.50 for the same at Bountiful Gardens. (That's a no-brainer!)

Have you been able to save seeds yet? From the previous post it seems that if they over-winter they should bolt and produce seed. They would have to be isolated also.

Here is a link that might be useful: Which variety of swiss chard to grow

This post was edited by milehighgirl on Tue, Apr 15, 14 at 14:05

    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 1:50PM
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laceyvail(6A, WV)

I saved seed years ago, but the arrival of voles changed everything; they devour the roots over the winter, so saving seed is not an option.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2014 at 6:53AM
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