Rinsed the leaf bits several times through a strainer, then brought the big pot to a rolling boil and dipped them in for three minutes. Drained the insert strainer, then put the chopped leaves into an ice bath for another three minutes, then put them back into the strainer to drip dry. I was thinking this was going to be a BIG batch. Turned out I got enough for sides for four different meals. Turned the greens into patties for two people to have a serving each at a meal. The chard patties are in the freezer for 20 minutes and then will be vacuum bagged and tagged.
Next step will be tomorrow, if it doesn't rain very hard as expected. Pull the last of them up and do it all over again. Already pulled the sweet green pea vines, and the sweet pea (flower) vines along the fence will go then too. All that stuff will be chopped with the machete and into the compost barrel along with the weekly accumulation of compostable stuff from the kitchen.
Checked the worm house today, didn't see nary a worm. Will check again tomorrow and then probably buy worms from someone other than the local guy. Followed all the rules that came with the worm house and did due diligence so wondering what happened in there, Maybe a worm war? Naw, I think they're peaceniks. <G>