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Beta vulgaris cicla
If you're tired of the same old vegetable side dishes, grow Swiss chard. You'll find dozens of different ways to serve it. The classic preparation is to lightly saute; it in olive oil and garlic. But also use its greens raw in salads. Or sliver the leaves and stems and had several handfuls to a pot of soup.
Swiss chard is an attractive plant, and the newer "rainbow" Swiss chards available are very striking -- and still taste great. You can even include them in a flowerbed! Although flavor is best in cool weather, chard tolerates the heat of summer quite well.
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how to grow Chard
Begin harvesting chard by removing outer leaves when they reach 6 inches tall, and continue harvesting throughout the summer. Plants tolerate light frosts, so you can continue harvesting late into autumn.