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Bright Lights Chard Seeds

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Bright Lights Chard (56 days)


Want to light up your garden with a neon glow?  Try Bright Lights Chard! Most folks grow this variety for the colors because they are amazing, but don't forget how tasty it is also! 

Bright Lights Chard produces copious amounts of 18"-22" leaves in a wide assortment of colors. Use the small leaves just like spinach!  Stir fry the large leaves with garlic and chicken.  Your dinner guest will be wowed by not only the colors, but the flavor.

Remember to blanch the bigger leaves in a pot of boiling water with one tablespoon of salt for 5-10 minutes then drain.  This virtually eliminates any of the bitter flavor you sometimes get in older leaves.  Young leaves we use fresh in salads or veggie wraps. 

Bright Lights is an outstanding chard that over winters here in the Pacific North West with no problem.   Yes, growth slows down, but we keep harvesting it right on through the year. 


Recommended by the Following State Universities or Ag Extension Offices as a variety that performs well for their region .  CA, FL, IL, NY, OH, OR, TX


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1/2" 55-60 55-65 5-7 18" 8" 200 lb. Full

Beta vulgaris

Planting Tips for Heirloom Chard:

Heirloom chard is a leafy vegetable that makes a good alternative to spinach. Growing heirloom chard can be easier than growing spinach, as it is better able to withstand higher/lower temperatures and droughts. As well as its value as a food crop, Swiss Chard also has a very striking value as an ornamental plant and many times it appears in a garden's ornamental borders or ornamental pots. Heirloom chard is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals.

Preparation:  Turn over the soil and dig in some well composted manure a number of weeks before sowing. This will help soil moisture retention and soil aeration. Make sure to break up any large clods of soil with your fork and rake the soil to obtain a fine soil structure in which to plant your Chard seeds.

Sowing:  Heirloom chard is normally sown directly into the soil.  Sow the Chard seed about 5 cm apart in rows around 45cm apart. The seeds should be sown at around 1/2" depth. The plants will need thinning.  If left until around 8" in height before thinning, then the thinned plants can be treated like an early harvest and the young leaves will be extremely tender and tasty. Chard doesn't like a soil that is too acidic; an acidic soil will stunt growth. Chard grows well in a soil of around 6.5 - 6.8.

Seeding Rate for Heirloom Chard:

150,000 plants/acre, aproximately 5 lb.

Heirloom seeds are hardy, but always take care with your garden seeds to give them the appropriate amount of moisture - don't let the vegetable seeds dry out prematurely, and don't overwater and possibly have them rot.


Chard Stalk Hummus

Conventional Swiss chard stalks will make a classic white hummus, while red or rainbow chard stalks will make a pink or yellow hummus.
2 cups chopped chard stalks
2 garlic cloves
1/4 cup tahini
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
Juice of 1 lemon
Swirl of olive oil
Chopped fresh parsley for garnishing
Bring a small pot of water to a boil. Add the chard stalks and boil for 5 to 10 minutes (depending on how thick they are) until the stalks are very soft.
Drain well, squeezing out any excess water, and add the stalks to a food processor, along with the garlic, tahini, salt, and lemon juice. Pulse continuously until the dip is slightly chunky and still has some bite to it, scraping down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed. Serve with a generous swirl of oil on top and a sprinkle of chopped fresh parsley, if desired.
This recipe was provided by The CSA Cookbook by Linda Ly.  This new cookbook is your go to for "no waste recipes for cooking your way through a community supported agriculture box, farmers market, or backyard bounty".  It features a plethora of vegetable recipes for every season
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