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Swiss chard is a very good alternative to ordinary spinach. If you sow it from mid spring you can start picking in summer. It will overwinter to provide leaves during milder weather in winter and crops really well from spring to early summer. The broad midribs can be steamed and eaten separately from the bright green, wrinkled and deeply veined leaves. 'Bright Lights' is a dazzling swiss chard that is just at home in the garden border as it is in the vegetable plot. It has bright colourful stems and a mild, sweet flavour. Eat it raw or steamed. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
Species: vulgaris cicla group
Cultivar: Bright Lights
Plant type: Vegetable
Foliage colour: Purple
Feature: Dramatic foliage
Sun exposure: Full sun
Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline
Skill level: Beginner
Time to plant seeds: April to May
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