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Plant Leafy Veggies like Swiss Chard with Tomatoes
If space in your garden is tight, you can try planting vegetables together to get the most out of a limited amount of room. For example, you can pair bigger plants that take a long time to reach maturity with plants that grow quickly and are ready to be picked early in the season. Two plants that you can plant together in the garden are Swiss chard and tomatoes. The chard is a cool-season crop that will be ready to harvest long before the tomatoes get going. Planting
Both Swiss chard and tomatoes can be started from seed. You can sow Swiss chard seeds directly in your garden or container up to three weeks before the last frost date in your area. If you want to get a jump on the growing season, plant the seeds indoors six weeks before the last frost, then transplant them to the garden after the last frost. If you grow tomatoes from seed, you'll need to start them indoors six weeks before the last frost date in your area. You can then transplant your home-grown seedlings or plant a purchased seedling in your garden. Spacing
Tomatoes are big plants with large root systems. If you are planting more than one in your garden, allow at least 2 feet between seedlings. Train the tomato plants to grow on stakes or in a tomato cage to keep them off of the ground and to allow room for the chard. After the chard seedlings have reached a few inches, thin the plants so they are about 10 inches apart. Make the most of a small amount of space by planting the tomato plant in the center, then plant several chard plants around it. Sun Requirements
When planting Swiss chard and tomato, pick a spot that receives full sun. Chard does well in full sun when the weather is still cool, and tomato plants need at least six hours of sunlight a day to thrive. As the weather heats up, chard can survive in an area of partial shade, which it will get as the tomato plant grows larger and shields the more delicate chard from the hot sun. Water and Soil Needs
Give both plants plenty of water, both when you plant them and when they are growing. Swiss chard needs about 2 inches of water a week, as do tomato plants. Add a 3-inch thick layer of mulch to the soil to prevent it from drying out quickly. Add compost to the soil before you plant the tomatoes, then add another handful of compost as the plant begins to set fruit. You can fertilize again with compost after you pick the first set of fruits.
Get out your little Mantis tiller or wheel hoe and dig up and plant soil between the rows in the garden you sowed this spring. As summer crops come in, prepare the land immediately for a fall crop. Till in compost or organic fertilizers and get in the new seed.
With the growing popularity of four-season gardening, seed retailers are bringing out varieties especially for late planting. Below is a two-climate list to consider, with varieties selected from the catalogs of Johnny's Selected Seeds (JSS) of Maine and South Carolina's RH Schumway's (RHS).