Swiss Chard

first_imgIt seems that wherever I go, I see Swiss chard. This showy, cool-season plant, sometimes called a “beet without a bottom,” is showing up in the landscape, in mixed containers and in local grocery stores. Is it an ornamental or an edible? It is both. Do you eat it fresh or do you cook it? Again, the answer is both.It has been almost 20 years since the All-America Selections winner ‘Bright Lights’ Swiss chard showed up on the scene.Swiss chard: highly ornamental and wonderfully edible Swiss chard is known botanically as “Beta vulgaris ssp. vulgaris,” showing it is a leafy beet.But holy cow! Now you look at a catalogue and you’ll see ‘Bright Lights’ there, but also single colors like ‘Oriole,’ ‘El Dorado,’ ‘Magenta Sunset,’ ‘Ruby Red’ and the bicolored ‘Peppermint.’ The same thing can be found at your grocery store. There are probably three to four varieties to choose from for your culinary artistry needs.Swiss chard is ready to harvest at baby green – within 30 days – or at mature harvest in 60 days. You may cut the outer leaves when they are smaller and more tender or cut or break them off when they are 12 to 18 inches tall. Like many plants, it seems harvesting lengthens production.The stalks can be cooked like asparagus. Cut the stems into 2- or 3-inch lengths and simmer in boiling, salted water until tender. The leaves can be cooked or eaten fresh in tossed salads. Or you can simply enjoy the texture and color in the landscape or a styled container.If you find yourself in the frozen tundra right now, just know that you can use Swiss chard as a fall crop or spring crop. Actually with its heat tolerance, it has become a year-round crop in some areas, where it is grown in succession plantings. Space plants about 6 inches apart. In the garden, this would usually mean rows 18 to 30 inches apart. I think the flower bed is the real location of choice for Swiss chard. Here, you would still use the same 6-inch spacing, but plant in large, informal drifts where you might plant a couple of flats.Another good way to use ‘Bright Lights’ or your favorite variety in the landscape would be as a pocket planting of seven to nine plants clustered behind pansies or three plants at the center of a large mixed container. Feed the plants a diluted, water-soluble fertilizer every couple of weeks during the growing season.Here is hoping you have a little Swiss chard for your holiday dinners, but when the garden centers open back up and start bringing in fresh transplants, give them a try in your garden.Follow me on Twitter @CGBGgardenguru. For more information about the University of Georgia Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens at the Historic Bamboo Farm, go to www.coastalgeorgiabg.org.last_img read more

Milutin Sredojević Quits As Uganda Cranes Coach

first_imgMilutin Sredojević “Micho” has terminated his contract as Manger of Ugandan national team. According to the Serb, FUFA owes him an equivalent of $64,000 (Ugsh230m) over six months.Earlier in the week, Justus Mugisha, 1st Vice President of the Federation, told ESPN that in light of Sredojevic’s increased profile, they do not have the resources to afford him which might likely lead to his exit as manger of the cranes.“We do not have the government fully supporting the national team and we always have to struggle to pay the coach. Micho’s profile has now increased since he qualified the team for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations and we do not have the money to match what other people and clubs are ready to offer him.” MugishaThe recent development has given fans of Orlando Pirates hope that Micho might return to the PSL team as there are reports he has agreed to a three-year contract with Pirates which will earn him about $50,000 (R650,000) per year in Johannesburg.Uganda Cranes are in a decent position as they play to qualify for the FIFA 2018 World Cup in Russia. They currently are second in the third round of qualifiers with 4pts behind Egypt who top Group E. RelatedPhoto – See Former Uganda Coach Celebrate With Fans At Farewell PartyAugust 1, 2017In “Africa”Emmanuel Amuneke Gets New Job 48 Hours After Zambian FA SnubJanuary 24, 2020In “Africa”Uganda Appoint Northern Irishman McKinstry As New Head CoachOctober 1, 2019In “Africa”last_img read more

Rapatona and Huawei PS draw 1-1

first_imgIt was solid defence in the backline from both sides in a scorless second half that forced both sides to settle for 1 competition point each for the 1-1 scoreline.Rapatona were first on the board late in the first half with a goal to Peterson Elijah in the 38th minute.Huawei PS regathered and hit back just six minutes later to equalize after Iamo Makena powered a shot through to score.The second half saw both sides fail to capitalize on chances to score which frustrated the two teams.Both sides had equal opportunities to take the lead but the backline from both teams denied any more points being scored.last_img

Around Whittier

first_imgPICO RIVERA – The circus is in town. Circo Atayde, the oldest circus in Mexico, is featured at the Pico Rivera Sports Arena, 11003 Rooks Road, through Sunday. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. today through Thursday; 6 and 8 p.m. Friday; and 3, 6 and 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are available for $25 to $40 for adults, and for $10 for children ages 3 to 10. Children under 3 are free. As such, she was also awarded a scholarship that comes with the outstanding abstract distinction. The conference featured honors students from more than 40 California community colleges, who presented papers and projects completed in one of their honors classes. To be eligible for Rio Hondo’s Honors Transfer program, beginning students must have at least a 3.2 grade-point average in high school, while continuing students must have a 3.2 GPA for all transferable classes. Wang has applied for transfer to USC and UC Berkeley and should hear sometime this month about whether she was accepted for admission. Free technology seminar slated NORWALK – Cerritos College will host a three-hour seminar on Model-Based Definitions technology from 6to 9 p.m. May 9 in the metals building, room ME2, on campus, 11110 Alondra Blvd. The seminar is free and open to the general public. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about this new technology, which is poised to eliminate paper drawings in the design and production of automotive aftermarket parts, replacing them with solid models. Learning how these parts can be analyzed for conformance has become more important as MBD has come into widespread use, officials say. It will be taught by Jim Edwards, Southern California account manager for Verisurf Software Inc., a privately held software development and manufacturing solutions company in Anaheim. For more information or to RSVP, contact Linda Isai in Economic Development at (562) 890-2451, Ext. 2486 or Nick Real, machine tool technology department at Ext.2925. An RSVP is requested for this seminar. Council to hold award dinner DOWNEY – The annual award dinner of the Downey Coordinating Council will be held at 6 p.m. May 10 at the Rio Hondo Country Club, Honda Event Center, 10627 Old River School Road. Edie Baker will be honored as Temple Ner Tamid’s Sisterhood Volunteer of the Year. Baker has done a great deal of work for the Sisterhood over the years. The donation is $25 per person. Reservation deadline is Friday. Make checks payable to the Downey Coordinating Council. For reservation or information, call Shirley Mark at (562) 861-3065. – From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Each show will include about 20 performers, as well as miniature ponies and a dog show. For more information, call Fernando Campa at (562)965-7426. Student honored for project WHITTIER – Rio Hondo College Honors student Rui Ling Wang received the outstanding abstract distinction at the annual Honors Transfer Council of California Conference earlier this month at UC Irvine. Wang’s abstract, “Decreasing the U.S. Trade Deficit: Trade Policies with China,” was chosen as one of the top three abstracts from among 170 presenters. last_img read more