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Growing silverbeet (chard)

Silverbeet
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 stems.

Silverbeet is a useful vegie to have, especially for stir fry meals.

Growing conditions

  • 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 drainage.

  • 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).

Garden care

  • 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 long.

  • Because silverbeet is a leafy vegetable it likes regular liquid manure applications.

  • If you're growing in containers you'll find silverbeet is just the right size.

Harvest time

  • 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.

 

Last Updated 17 November, 2008

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