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What a Beauty

September 1st, 2015

I don’t eat much chard, but I grow it every year. Mostly because I love the colors of the stems and the structure of the leaves. I like that it looks good all summer long and it provides some much needed longevity in the potager. This year I’m really loving ‘Peppermint Stick’ Chard from Renee’s Garden.
peppermint stick chard
Isn’t it lovely? I smile every time I see it. I’ll definitely continue growing this beauty.

What’s your favorite beautiful vegetable?

Peppermint Stick Chard

August 5th, 2014

This spring a packet of ‘Peppermint Stick’ Chard arrived with my seeds from Renee’s Garden.  I didn’t think much about it, I just seeded them a flat along with everything else this spring.  They were transplanted in the garden at the appropriate time and I completely forgot about them.  Chard is one of those vegetables that gets forgotten with all the succulent lettuces and spinaches on the market.  Yet it’s a perfect vegetable, able to withstand very severe cold and still produce bountiful leaves when the days heat up as well.
peppermint stick chard (1)Not only is this variety a hardy vegetable to grow, it’s a showstopper as well. Look at those variegated pink and white stalks. They practically glow when you catch them out of the corner of your eye. Chard isn’t one of those vegetable that I grow a ton of, but there are always a few stands growing in a corner of the garden. This variety is quite lovely and is one I will keep growing year after year, even if it never graces my plate.

What is a vegetable you’d grow for beauty even if it didn’t produce fruit you liked?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.