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HGH SECRET PLANT IS Swiss chard - 2020

FACT #1: Bright and colorful stems, is one of the most eye-catching greens.

FACT #2: Related to beets and spinach.

FACT #3: Bitter taste when eaten raw.

FACT #4: Health Benefits: It is filled with nutrition, much like other dark leafy greens. The amount of vitamin K (good for bones) is three to four times the daily requirement. It's also packed with vitamins A and C and is a good source of vitamin E. Chard is also low in calories while rich in iron, potassium, magnesium, and manganese. To a lesser extent, it's a good source of calcium and riboflavin.

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FACT #1: In Scotland, it is known as a turnip.

FACT #2: Almost no fat in this vegetable.

FACT #3: It can also be eaten raw as a snack. 

FACT #4: The first known printed reference of this plant comes from the Swiss botanist Gaspard Bauhin in 1620, where he notes that it was growing wild in Sweden. It is often considered to have originated in Scandinavia or Russia.

FACT #5: It is a cool-season crop and requires a long growing season.

FACT #6: It is an important ingredient of a traditional Christmas casserole commonly prepared in Finland. Natives of Scotland make a dish they call “tatties and neeps,” which is potato and this vegetable mashed separately and served with haggis. 




FACT #1: Is rubbed on the teeth for cleaning.

FACT #2: There are over 4800 chemicals in this plant.

FACT #3: It is a great insect repellent for the kitchen garden. 

FACT #4: Did you know that gophers and moles hate this plant?

FACT #5: Indians used this plant as a pain reliever for ear aches and toothaches. (I remember my Grandmother using it on my tooth - Renee Miller)


Michael Willard saw hummingbirds enjoying the flowers from the Tobacco plant during the summer months.​​



From the Founder: Marcus Miller

My Father-in-law always told us stories about growing up on a farm in Catawba County. His father and all the kids would farm the land to make a living. His Dad had an old truck and would drive every day to Lincoln County to deliver or get orders from his customers. They would buy eggs, veggies, chickens and other fresh produce from the Abernethy Farm.

Fred D Abernethy loved sharing his stories with us. When he was around 8 years old he had to spend all day picking cotton just to earn enough money to get a pair of shoes. Can you imagine our kids doing that today. My wife, Renee wanted to grow "Dads" heirloom cotton seeds at the SALT Block gardens. HGH was very successful in growing the cotton in the garden beds and we enjoyed showing off the cotton plants. Many people thought the plant was okra, sunflowers or maybe an exotic plant. In the month of October and November come by the SALT Block gardens and experience the beautiful cotton. Bring your kids so they can touch and feel the cotton.


FACT #1: The seeds are planted in the spring and harvested in the fall. It takes about five to six months for the plant to mature.

FACT #2: The plant produces white, yellow or red to purple flowers. Individual flowers grow from the axils of leaves.

FACT #3: Used to make a baseball.

FACT #4: You can not eat it, but there is a sweet tasty treat named after it.

FACT #5: The seeds are a lot more durable than you think. They can actually survive even if they are blown across the ocean, which means they can travel for thousands of miles and

still remain viable.

FACT #6: Over 50 million tons of seeds are produced annually, of which less than 1% is used to plant. The rest goes to livestock feed as raw seed or is crushed to extract the oil. 

FACT #7: It belongs to the family Malvaceae and genus Gossypium. Some researchers claim that 51 species belonging to the genus Gossypium have been identified so far, while others affirm that there are 52 and that there are many more sub species. Of the known species, only four species are cultivated on a commercial scale and are referred to as the cultivated species.

FACT #8: The plant has a tap root system. The root could be 30 cm long in two weeks and one meter at the squaring stage.

​FACT #9: The plant has two types of branches, monopodial and sympodial, but some varieties of this plant may not have any monopodial branches. 

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