For the last month, one of my Swiss Chard plants looked like it was on steroids. It is almost three feet high and has a plume coming out its center like it is off to see the horse races. The rest of the chard looks big, but obviously not as ostentatious as the middle chard.
I think the Sorrel next to the plant is secretly supplying steroids to the Swiss Chard. It is a pretty bitter plant so it might be jealous of the beautiful Swiss Chard with its magnificent leaves and its happy go lucky demeanor that can withstand cold and hot weather. How else can I explain what is going on?
Did the rabbits who I constantly chased out of my garden put something in the soil to piss me off? Cotton tails my @ss. Is it is my luscious compost that I wish I could say I made myself is causing the amazing growth. (I am a compost flunkee and can’t get more than sludge out of my compost. It would require me to stop dumping and actually turn the pile…)
So, what gives with this Swiss Chard and why is it different than all of its sister chards? I know there is always someone in the family that we all whisper about…Well, all I know is that the plants aren’t talking. There is obviously a code of the garden for goodness sakes.
So, I turn to you, my readers and ask for help.
What is the stalk coming out of the middle? (I can handle it. So give the straight dirt.)
Is it seeding itself? (I knew we should have had that mother to swiss chard discussion.)
Can I cut this part off and the plant will continue to grow? (Can I go to jail for this?)
If I don’t cut off the stalk, will I have baby Swiss Chard next year? (So, I am the reason for overpopulation. I don’t have the heart to cut off the stalk.)
Questions. Questions. Questions. So dear readers , can you help out a gardener?