Organic Swiss Chard Seed - How to Grow Swiss Chard Greens
How to grow punnet (10x10cm) of Swiss Chard microgreens:
Fill your punnet/tray approximately half full of compost. You can place muslin on top of the compost which makes it easier to harvest but is not neceserry.
Sprinkle about 10g of seed on top of the compost/muslin and spread evenly.
Water daily, using a can with a rose.
Keep covered at room temperature for 3 days, watering once/twice a day keeping the compost moist, as it is important to keep the seeds moist during germination, but do not over water.
After 3 days uncover your greens and continue to grow in a light place.
You can slow or speed the growth of the greens by manipulating the temperature. Fresh air and sunshine is what it likes best, but for most of the year in the UK you will need to keep it indoors on or near a windowsill. In hot weather it is better to protect the plants from direct sunshine.
After 7-12 days, the microgreens will have formed the first pair of leaves and be ready to use.
To harvest cut a small bundle of the greens with a sharp knife or scissors above compost surface. If you've used a muslin you can pull out your greens.
Rinse well before use, sprinkle on salads or use in sandwiches and enjoy.
Swiss Chard greens are ideal in sandwiches, salads, for filling fajitas, wraps and bagels, sprinkling on soups. Can also be juiced with fresh vegetables or fruit for a really nutritious drink.