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We have been providing rare and endangered heirloom varieties of vegetables, herbs and flowers to gardeners and market growers since 1996. Our online catalogue has over 650 heirloom seed varieties available, in retail packet sizes and bulk amounts. We have one of the most diverse selections of Certified Organic seeds in Canada, and we add to this each year.

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Swiss Chard

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  1. A Description of Swiss Chard

    History: A cousin to the garden beet and descended from the same wild ancestor, Swiss Chard was grown for its tasty leaves and stems versus its root. It is much older than the beet, having been cultivated for over 2000 years. By 1670, it had been introduced to England, where it became "one of the principal vegetables of the labouring class". The leaves were boiled and eaten like spinach and the stems used as a substitute for asparagus. Cultivation: Swiss chard is a cool-weather crop that also tolerates a fair bit of heat once it's established. Direct sow in early spring and then again in late summer for a fall crop. Sow 1/2-3/4" deep and thin to 15" apart. Companions: peas, beans, tomatoes, onions.

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