|Number of Seeds||75 seeds|
|Spacing in Row||18 inches|
|Spacing Between Rows||18 inches|
|Planting Depth||½ inch|
|Days to Germination||5 to 10 days|
|Days to Maturity||100 days|
|Height at Maturity||12 to 18 inches|
|Width at Maturity||8 inches|
How to Grow
Direct sow beginning 2-3 weeks before last frost, or start indoors 3 weeks earlier and transplant. In-row spacing should be eight to ten inches apart (thinning makes great braised greens!). Harvest outer leaves for continual production. One sowing will provide harvestable greens all season, though it's smart to do a mid-summer sowing in case disease pops up. Sowing monthly in succession would provide a steady crop of the most tender, young leaves. Like all plants harvested for their leaves, chard appreciates fertile soil.
Art by Sheryl Humphrey. Sheryl Humphrey is a painter living and working in Staten Island. Her work explores themes of personal identity, Nature, and spirituality in a distinctive fantasy/realist style. She received her BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University (with a prior two years’ study at Yale), and earned her MFA at Brooklyn College. Her work has been exhibited extensively in New York and across the country. Paintings by Ms. Humphrey are included in many public, private, and corporate collections, including the Williamsburg Art and Historical Center in Brooklyn, Prudential Insurance, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. She is also the author of "The Haunted Garden: Death and Transfiguration in the Folklore of Plants." Her work is available for sale at Etsy.com.
From the Artist: "I was thrilled to be asked to design this seed pack, because it meant a wonderful fusion of my interests in art and gardening, and a way to show support for the Hudson Valley Seed Library's goals of fostering heirloom seed-saving and organic gardening practices. My paintings are representations of powerful forces that I sense within myself, in others, and in the world around me. I sometimes think of these paintings as portraits of the spirits of Nature; they reflect my visions of anthropomorphized energies at work in the universe. I have been inspired by many past and present painters, especially from the early Italian Renaissance, the Symbolists, the Pre-Raphaelites, the Post-Impressionists, the Nabis, Art Nouveau, the Surrealists, and the Magic Realists. There is much work by visionary, psychedelic, and self-taught artists that I admire. In-depth readings on the subjects of herbalism, alchemy, folklore, and mythology, in conjunction with close contact with Nature in my garden, are sources for the subjects of my paintings."
Medium: Oil on canvas
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