Planting Chard, Kale and Beets

Posted By on March 28, 2012

It is the season for planting cool season crops, and we are going in full steam. I have never planted cool season crops in a deliberate way before. I usually just planted and hoped that things grew, rather than planning what I plant, when I plant it and how I plant it. This year marks the change in that habit.

We already started with our radishes and lettuce earlier in the month, and they are doing quite nicely! Now, this past weekend, we planted right around 100 beets, and a couple beds for Chard and Kale. We planted 2 different varieties of beets, Chiaggio and Lutz, about 50 of each, so we will be pickling quite a few of them I think…that and enjoying them in salads of kale and lettuce. 🙂

Chiaggio Beet Seeds

Chiaggio Beet Seeds

Lutz Beet Seeds

Lutz Beet Seeds

True Siberian Kale Seeds

True Siberian Kale Seeds

Chard Seeds

Chard Seeds

We prepared the beds in much the same manner as our other beds for the lettuce and radishes. I cleaned up the bed by removing all the leftover weeds, leaves and other junk (we have poor soil). I also removed any grass that was coming up, since our garden was grass at this time last year. Then we raked the bed flat, and placed a combination of peat and manure/top soil on top and raked that flat. The depth of the top soil that we added is about 1 inch, which isn’t a lot really, but I’m trying to see how much soil we will need for our garden each year.

After that, we just planted the seeds at about 1/4″ deep, and watered. Everything should start coming up in a few days! We planted both the chard and the kale about 8 inches apart, which is the lowest recommended spacing on the packaging.

Chard & Kale Bed

Chard & Kale Bed

Beet Beds

Beet Beds

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