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Rainbow chard is a beautiful addition to a fall garden with its yellow, white, and pink stems accompanied by deep green leaves. Chard's leaves are sturdy like kale or collard greens, but their stems can be sauteed for a nice addition to a side dish or stew as well. 

 

Growing Tips:

Light Requirements: Full sun.

Soil Requirements: Nutrient rich, and well-draining soil. Keep mulch off the stem to prevent any rot.

Water Requirements: Keep the plants well-watered. Chard needs about 1 inch per week.

Harvesting: Takes about 60 days to mature. Just harvest the stalks when they are 5-6 inches long. Remove flower stems if they appear to prolong harvest. The more it is harvested, the more it will produce from the center of the plant.

Storage: Chard can be kept in the refrigerator in a plastic bag or blanched and frozen.

 

Nutritional Information:

Calories: 9

Total Fat: 0.1 g

        Saturated Fat: 

        Trans Fat:

Cholesterol: 0 mg

Sodium: 102 mg

Total Carbohydrate: 1.8 g

         Dietary Fiber: 0.8  g

         Sugar: 0.5

Protein: 0.9 g

Vitamin A: 2936 IU

Vitamin C: 14 mg

Calcium: 24 mg

Iron: 0.9 mg