Plant seeds 1/4 inch deep in moist
soil. It is best to sow lettuce or spinach seeds thinly in rows spaced
about 1 ft. apart or simply scatter the seeds in blocks. Cover lightly
with soil, firm in place and water well. Keep the soil moist until
germination. Once the plants have a grown their true leaves, you can
begin to thin the plants to about 6" apart.
Start lettuce or spinach indoors or direct seeded in the garden as soon as the soil is workable. Great for container gardens.
Depending on the type of lettuce, harvest outer leaves only or cut down the whole head.
Spinach can be harvested in the cut
and come again method of harvesting lettuce. Cut individual leaves,
starting with the older, outer leaves, and letting the young inner
leaves remain and continue growing for a later harvest. You can also cut down the whole plant, for a larger harvest.
Tip: Soak seeds overnight in water before planting to ensure strong germination.
Plant seeds 1/4 inch deep and 3
inches apart. Set out seedlings 8 inches apart. Indoors or out, thin
newly germinated seedlings with cuticle scissors instead of pulling
them out. Chard seed capsules often contain two or more seeds. If more
than one germinates snip off all but the strongest sprout at the soil
line. Gradually thin direct-sown seedlings to 8-12 inches apart.
Harvest individual leaves from the outer area but be sure to leave the crown intact. Frequent picking helps to stimulate the production of new leaves.
Bean, cabbage family, tomato, onion and roses. Don't overlook chard's
value as an ornamental plant in flower beds or wherever you have room
for it. Don't grow chard near cucurbits, melons, corn or herbs.
Does well with beets, broccoli, bush beans, pole beans, carrots,
cucumbers, onion, radish and strawberries. It grows happily in the shade
under young sunflowers. Dill and lettuce are a perfect pair. Keep
lettuce away from cabbage. Cabbage is a deterrent to the growth and
flavor of lettuce.
Plant with peas and beans as they provide natural shade for the
spinach. Gets along with cabbage, cauliflower, celery, eggplant, onion,
peas, strawberries and fava bean. Plant spinach with squash. It's a good
use of space because by the time squash plants start to get big the
spinach is ready to bolt.