The chard has been doing well this year.
We’ve been alternating between summer squash and chard for the last 2 months or so, ever since I pulled the last of the lettuce.
Normally, I have green beans in that rotation….
After the initial bunny attack I had them growing quite well.
Then we had the hot weather and they seemed to go dormant.
They came back to life and we’re just starting to look good when I noticed that there were no leaves on the bottom half of the stems.
Yes, the bunnies, or one bunny, had found a hole under the fence and was eating all the fresh growth as fast as it appeared.
I spent the morning searching for, and plugging holes (I found 3) and the beans never recovered.
Apparently the bunnies don’t like chard once it’s taller than a few inches.
Nice of them to leave me something.
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Simple Chard Gratin
This is a quick, easy side dish that works as well with spinach as it does with chard.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Total Time: 45 minutes
- Yield: 2 servings 1x
- Category: Summer Vegetables
- 8oz (250gr) chard, leaves and stems chopped
- 2 shallots, chopped
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp oregano
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt or sour cream
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
- 1 tbs Dijon-style mustard
- 2 tsp olive oil
- Sauté the onion, chard stems and paprika in 1 tsp olive oil for 5 minutes, until onion is tender.
- Add chard leaves and stir-fry just until wilted.
- In medium bowl beat eggs well.
- Add yogurt, mustard, Parmesan and oregano. Mix well.
- Add chard / shallot and mix well.
- Lightly oil a small baking dish. Spoon in chard and bake at 400F (200C) for 30 minutes or until set.
- Remove and serve directly from baking dish.
You can substitute other, shredded cheese for the Parmesan
Keywords: chard, chard gratin
Regarding the potager….. It’s all starting to look rather autumnal:
The winter squash leaves are starting to lighten and get yellow and brown around the edges.
I’ve pulled 2 of the four summer squash plants as they stopped producing.
Today, for the first time in at least 5 weeks I only picked 2 smallish tomatoes
I’m pulling the beans next.
You can see them there, between the posts. The should be 2 green walls from the ground up.
They have surrendered to their fate.
I picked 23 acorn squash yesterday.
Mon mari was laughing at me as I was in the potager with a small mirror. Acorn squash are ready to harvest when the side touching the ground turns from yellow to bright orange. It’s such a jungle in there I couldn’t really get at them easily to turn them to check. So I slid the mirror under… If it was orange I cut.
There are another 10 or so that were not ready.
We need to start eating…. It’s going to be a bumper harvest for winter squash I think (hope).