How to Grow Silverbeet
Here is a quick reference guide on how to grow silverbeet (or chard). Silverbeet is an annual vegetable which crops for many months.
Position: Prefers coolness to heat, tolerates shade. Well-composted soil. Does not like acid soil.
Sowing season: Spring for Summer harvest, late Summer for Autumn harvest.
Sowing method: Soak seeds for a few hours before sowing 2-3cm deep.
Spacing: After about 3 weeks thin out to 30cm between plants, 50cm between rows.
Watering: Mulch lightly, water regularly, don’t let soil dry out.
Growing period: 10-12 weeks.
Size: 45cm height.
Harvesting: Cut leaves from the outside of the plant and leave the inner leaves to continue growing. Regular harvesting encourages growth.
Suitable for: Containers or vegetable beds.
Good companion plants: Lavender, onions, beetroot, parsnip, lovage, marjoram, cherry.
Bad companions: Basil, wormwood.
Hazards: Doesn’t like acidic soil. Don’t let soil dry out. Silverbeet spreads quickly, if you let it go to seed your vegetable garden will be full of silverbeet.
Common pests: Aphids, leaf miners, snails and slugs.
Common diseases: Relatively free of diseases.
Storage: Store in the fridge in a air-tight plastic bag.
Tips: Silverbeet makes a good Winter crop as it likes cool weather. Silverbeet is a good vegetable for coastal gardens as it tolerates salty winds. Don’t wait too long to harvest. Young silverbeet leaves make excellent salad greens, older leaves are more bitter.
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