- chard plants
- garden container with drainage holes
- crocks or broken pieces of stone
- small garden shovel
- multipurpose potting mix
- watering can or garden hose
- nitrogen-rich fertilizer (optional)
Step 1: Test Layout
Tip for success Test different layouts in your container while the plants are still in their own pots to help create the best color display.
Step 2: Add Soil
Position the empty pot in a sunny, sheltered spot. Ensure that the container has drainage holes, cover the base with a layer of crocks, and add multipurpose potting mix to within about 1 inch (2.5 cm) of the container’s lip.
Step 3: Tease Roots
Water the young chard plants and carefully remove them from their pots, holding them by the roots rather than the leaves. Gently tease out the roots to help them establish quickly, and space them about 4 inches (10 cm) apart.
Step 4: Firm Soil
Place the plants into holes made in the potting mix at the correct spacing, checking that the top of the root ball is just below soil level. Gently firm soil around each plant and water the container thoroughly.
Step 5: Water Chard
Water the chard regularly to keep the large leaves firm and in good condition, especially during hot summer weather. You can also apply a nitrogen-rich fertilizer to help maintain vigorous healthy growth.
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