What are the pros? Grows in 20-120 degrees!
What are the cons? I hate leaf miners!
When the world is taken over by lemurs and humans have to run away with a few heirloom seeds in their pockets, they'd better remember Swiss chard. It grows in 20 degrees but even better in 120 degrees! Cut it, and it comes right back. Chard even improves the soil, removing salt. (You may not even need to salt your chard because of this.) My favorite ways to cook it is to replace the spinach in palak paneer with chard then add a little lemon juice or yogurt to balance the tang. I also like to cut it into ribbons and sprinkle on top of pizza. It crisps up in such a delightful way!
Honestly, why wouldn't you want to grow this? When your lettuce and spinach bolt, your chard will still be doing fine. My only complaint is regarding leaf miners. When they move in, they'll turn an entire bed of beautiful chard into dry, brown leaves. I clear-cut everything, give it all to my chickens, then sprinkle the stems and soil with DE and neem oil. New leaves grow in within a week.
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