How to grow your own Swiss, Rainbow or Rhubarb Chard with this easy to follow video tutorial from Quickcrop with expert grower Klaus Laitenberger. Chard is basically a beet without the bottom. It's a biennial that is grown as an annual for its big crinkly leaves. The stalks are red or white with large, dark green leaves that can be used as lettuce is used. Chard is a leafy vegetable that favors colder weather. It isn't difficult to grow, but does require some maintenance as trimming the leaves frequently helps improve chard's flavor.