Growing Silverbeet

Latest Update 26th December 2018.

Silverbeet (Swiss Chard)
  • Two 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.
  • Variety:                                                    Rhubarb Silverbeet & Fordhook Silverbeet.
  • Family group:                                           Chenopodiaceae.
  • Crop rotation group:                                  Heavy Feeders.
  • Garden bed type:                                      Garden Ecobed.
  • Minimum sun per day:                              4 hours.
  • Plant spacings:                                        375mm.
  • Weeks to harvest:                                     7 - 12 weeks.
  • Good companions.                                    Beetroot. Lavender. Onions.
  • Climate:                                                   Warm temperate
  • Geography:                                              Southern hemisphere.
  • This food is very low in cholesterol. 
  • 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. 
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Maintaining Ecobed Productivity. 

  • 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.
Propagation Plan.

  • Check out my blogpage which tells you when to sow seeds.
Growing Instructions.
  • 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. 
  • Silverbeets, 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.
  • Slugs and snails.
  • Greenhouse whitefly.
  • Root knot nematodes.

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