Swiss chards


I have not had any success with growing spinach here in southern New Mexico. It’s too cold in the winter for it to grow and in early spring the weather heats up so quickly that it always goes to seed as soon as it starts coming up.

Some varieties of Swiss chard are a lot more bolt resistant. 'Lucullus' is a green variety that I was able to grow in my garden to full maturity in June without it bolting. Like many other leafy vegetables, Swiss chard can be harvested by removing the outer leaves, and this can be repeated over and over again until the plants go to seed. Once the flower stalk forms, the leaves get quite bitter.

Prepare Swiss chard just like you would spinach. The taste is very similar.



This is what you need:

  • chards seeds or transplants
  • water
Pic1: Swiss chards



Pic2: 2014-06-29
Pic3: 2014-09-11
Pic4: 2014-10-26


creamed chards

2014-06-29 a.o.

Another spinach substitute that manages to grow and even thrive throughout the summer heat without bolting. Even creamed it sill looks like cow-pie, but a nicer one than poison-green creamed spinach.


This is what you need for # servings:

  • 2 lbs. Swiss chard leaves S&P optional: heavy cream or half and half
Pic1: creamed chards



Pic6: garden-fresh chards — 2015-04-14
Pic7: creamed chards — 2015-04-14
Pic5: served — 2014-06-29