When I have young chard plants, I monitor them regularly for snail/slug attacks. The snails/slugs like these plants as much as we do. Alas. Once the chard has attained full size, it can afford to give up some of its mass to the gastropods, but why let them enjoy the fruits of *your* labors? At that point, I look to my chard as a snail/slug attractor, and have very successful Snail Hunts.tenplay wrote:Your experience of growing chard successfully in partial sun is encouraging. I have a large section of the back yard that is in the full sun only until noon or so. I have been reluctant to plant anything there because of the limited sun.
How does chard fare with slugs, which we have a lot of here in Western Washington state? Thanks.
If you look closely at the seeds, they may still be green. Mature seeds, ready to fall on the ground and spring up as new chardlings, will be dry and brown. It takes maybe eight (?) or ten (?) weeks from when the seeds first appear, as shown in the photos upthread, to when they start to look dried and brown. I still have one chard plant in raised Bed #1 whose seeds aren't completely dry, but I was harvesting leaves from this one as recently as March or April, when I finally stopped cutting it back and let it go to seed.tenplay wrote:So now I have three large chard plants that have gone to seed. Should I cut them down and place the hundreds of seeds in the ground now? Or should I just let them complete the natural process of falling to the ground in a few weeks or months? It is just starting to heat up here in Western Washington with almost 3 months left in the growing season.
Right there with you RBG. I had 3 plants going to seed. Two of them have been removed a long time ago. There is enough seed on one plant to last a lifetime. On my plant some are ready and some are not.rainbowgardener wrote:Yeah I'm discovering that time lag. Seems like months since last year's chard bolted and started making seed, but it is still not ready yet. In the meantime they are behemoths taking up room in my small garden. Next year I will only let ONE go to seed!