Switzerland Chard Problems
Swiss chard is one of the most popular vegetables in America. But it’s not always easy to grow or even buy at your local supermarket. There are several problems with Swiss chard that make it difficult to grow and enjoy. Some of these problems include:
1) Too much sunlight – Swiss chard doesn’t like too much sun and will start wilting before you can harvest all the leaves!
2) Too many insects – Swiss chard plants are very susceptible to aphids and other bugs.
They will eventually kill the plant if left unchecked.
3) Too little water – Swiss chard isn’t very tolerant of drought conditions.
If you don’t provide enough water, the plant won’t survive long.
4) Overly acidic soil – Swiss chard needs a pH level between 5.
5 and 6.0 to thrive. Most soils have an acidity level around 4.5 which makes growing Swiss chard extremely difficult.
How To Prevent These Problems?
There are some things you can do to prevent any of these problems from occurring on your garden:
1) Avoid over-watering your garden!
– One of the worst things you can do to a garden is over-watering it. This can create an environment that attracts insects and other pests and also cause diseases to grow.
2) Use raised beds – Controlling the depth and flow of water in your garden is very important.
Using raised beds helps control how much water enters the garden and where it flows within the garden bed.
3) Plant your garden in the shade – Swiss chard doesn’t do well in extreme heat conditions.
Plant your garden in an area that receives full sun, but where it’s not going to get extremely hot. The North and East sides of your home (as long as it gets sun) are ideal planting locations.
Swiss Chard Diseases
Aphids – These are small, light green pests that suck the life out of your crops. They can spread disease and viruses with a single bite. They also excrete a sticky substance called “honeydew” which allows for other insects and mold to grow. You can prevent aphids by planting Swiss chard in shadier locations, as these pests prefer hot, sunny areas.
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