Welcome to my website which is about growing organic vegetable sustainably. My Garden Ecobeds use very little water and only homemade compost to maintain strong growth, and they produce lots of healthy nutritious organic food all year round. You can find out more about them on my page at http://jashxxxxxx.blogspot.com.au/p/wicking-beds-plus.html..............................................John Ashworth 27th November 2017.
Latest Update 26th December 2018.
Silverbeet (Swiss Chard)
sowings a year of 4 plants are enough to provide 2 people with a regular supply of fresh delicious leaves and stalks for much of the year.
We shred a few of the leaves and chop their stalks before steaming them with sea salt, ground pepper, mixed herbs and a little nutmeg. We also use them in mixed vegetable soups.
Grown organically silverbeet is very nutritious containing lots of vitamins and minerals and is an excellent source of dietary fibre.
It can be grown all year, but needs extra protection from the sun in summer.
It is a good source of thiamin, folate, phosphorus and zinc, and a very good source of dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E (alpha tocopherol), vitamin K, riboflavin, vitamin B6, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, copper and manganese.
Check out my blogpage
which explains how I maintain productivity in my Ecobeds. It describes
how soil is prepared prior to planting, the importance of rainwater in
Ecobeds, how to regulate the sun's intensity and how to feed plants
through their leaves.
Check out my blogpage which tells you when to sow seeds.
Sow 6 Silverbeet seeds individually in small fibre pots in an EcoPropagator.
Prepare a bed for the new seedlings by clearing all above ground debris from the previous crop including spent mulch.
Apply a 60mm layer of fresh sieved homemade compost covered with a similar layer of organic straw mulch. Protect the bed with a cover of light horticultural fleece, with holes cut for the new seedlings .
Plant the 4 strongest seedlings 375mm apart, through the mulch and compost so that part of the pots are buried in soil. Water them in well with rainwater containing seaweed extract (suppliers dilution rate).
Harvesting and Storage
Silverbeet is best harvested continuously a few leaves at a time.
You can store Silverbeet in your freezer.Simply wash dry and roughly chop the leaves, and pack them in large plastic zip bags.
Organic Pest Control.
like most vegetables, are vulnerable to attack from certain pests in my
garden. My blog on "Controlling Garden Pests" explains a
little about these pests and what to do to protect plants from them. For details click on the appropriate link below.