Swiss Chard, Kale, Arugula and Lettuce
The health benefits of eating plenty of leafy green veggies have been well proven. As usual, we have grown a good selection of transplants this year, all of which are easy to grow and can be planted out when it is still cool. Just find a sunny spot in the garden with good soil. All veggies will benefit from the addition of some well rotted manure or Sea Compost before planting. Top the bed with Barnyard Gold and you’ll be sure to have plenty of food for your plants. If you don’t have space in the garden, consider planting any of these leafy green veggies in containers.
Swiss Chard is very easy to grow. Leaves can be harvested when young and eaten raw in salads or left to grow on and steamed lightly. Our Bright Lights swiss chard is a mix of different colour stems so looks really pretty both in the garden and on the plate. Kale is also very easy to grow and again can be eaten young and raw or older and steamed lightly. We grow several types of kale including Curly Green or Red and Dinosaur. Try roasting some kale to make delicious chips! Both swiss chard and kale will grow all season and do not mind the heat of the summer. They will go on producing well after frost in the fall. Arugula, lettuce and mesclun mix are only eaten as raw salad crops and are more of a short lived crop. They do not like the summer heat and will go to seed, becoming bitter. Plant them early and enjoy. We grow several types of lettuce, including Romaine, Buttercrunch, Iceberg and Red Leaf.