Growing silverbeet (chard)
Silverbeet growing in containers
We've been growing silverbeet, or chard, for years now. It's technically
part of the beetroot family but often incorrectly called spinach in a
lot of Australian green grocers.
You can also now get a rainbow variety of silverbeet with brightly coloured
Silverbeet is a useful vegie to have, especially for stir fry meals.
Silverbeet can be grown all year round in most climates with the
exception of the hottest and coldest months.
They can grow in full or partial sun, provided the soil has good
Silverbeet loves an organically rich soil.
Depending on how puritanical you are with your crop rotation you
can either grow your silverbeet where ever you have space or keep
it to a specific bed as part of a crop rotation system. Probably the
best bed for it is with the brassicas and legumes (broccoli, cabbage,
cauliflower, beans and peas).
You can directly sow silverbeet seeds where they'll grow (our preference)
or in a seed raising mix.
If transplanting silverbeet wait until the leaves are about an inch
Because silverbeet is a leafy vegetable it likes regular liquid manure
If you're growing in containers you'll find silverbeet is just the
Silverbeet is ready for harvesting usually 8-12 weeks after planting.
When harvesting silverbeet just pull the outer leafs off in a downward
motion. By leaving the inner leafs you'll encourage future growth.
But don't wait too long to harvest. We once took too long and it tasted
a little like dirt.
17 November, 2008
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