I admit it… I am completely and utterly in love with swiss chard!
I didn’t even know it existed 9 months ago and I had never seen it for sale in any supermarket or grocery shop. When I picked up the seed packet last August I didn’t know what it would taste or grow like, to be honest I only chose to grow chard because I got my allotment in late Summer and it was one of a handful of seeds I could grow that time of year. 9 months later and the chard is still growing strong with such little effort, I didn’t cover it during the frosts and it survived! I am so unbelievably in love with this little colourful leaf that it has to be the best thing I have grown so far, I just can not recommend it enough. And another plus side… It tastes absolutely delicious and makes one of my favourite dishes, swiss chard quiche (I have popped the recipe on the recipe page!)
I am definately going to be growing it again this year, although I may have to plant it in my fruit bed between the small blackcurrant bushes as I am running out of space to grow things! Another idea is to wait until a crop has been harvested and then plant some chard in that space, the good thing about that is chard can still grow well later in the year and that means no space is left empty!
On another, more serious note… something has been trampling all over my plot again and the main suspect are those pesky deer! I am so glad I covered my freshly planted peas up otherwise they would have been flattened. Something has also been nibbling my tulips which were growing nicely and had reached about 3 inches tall, one bulb had been pulled up and 3 tips had been completely eaten! My fence is going up in the next 2 weeks so hopefully this will keep the trouble out of my lottie and my poor tulips can be left to grow!