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Barese Swiss Chard

Barese Swiss Chard

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Beta vulgaris subsp. cicla

25 to 30 days — 'Barese' chard matures exceptionally early and produces large yields. Its leaves are glossy and dark green, with slightly curled edges. Intended to be harvested when the leaves are at the "baby" stage, but can be left to grow larger as well. Especially good when used fresh in salads, or lightly steamed. 

We do not know a lot about the history of this Italian chard variety except that is was named after the Provincia di Bari, once a province in the Apulia region of southeastern Italy. Each packet contains one gram, which can vary from 30 to 50 seeds.
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Planting Instructions: As soon as the soil can be worked in early spring, in a location that has well-drained soil and receives about eight hours of full sun daily, sow seeds ½-inch deep, every 1 to 2-inches, in rows spaced 12 to 24-inches apart.

Cover with loose soil and keep moist until seedlings appear. Water weekly after that and cultivate to control weeds. When plants are 1½ to 3-inches tall, thin plants to eight inches apart.

Start harvesting individual leaves when they are about eight inches in length. The leaves become tough with age.