Welcome to my website in which I show you how I grow great organic vegies in a water conserving raised garden bed with the help of a built in worm farm and pest exclusion devices. I also show you how I rotate these vegies in a 4 year 4 bed cycle. Check out my website 'Gardening with Ecobeds' which shows you how Ecobeds are made and how they grow food without using poisonous chemicals....................John Ashworth 27th July 2015.
Latest Update 19th March 2017.
Silverbeet (Swiss Chard)
sowings a year of 2 plants are enough for 2 people. Harvesting is
almost continuous, just a few leaves each week.
Its nice steamed with sea salt, ground pepper, mixed herbs and a little nutmeg. I use the stalks in vegetable soups.
Grown organically silverbeet is very nutritious containing lots of vitamins and minerals and 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.
Silverbeet should be protected against slugs and snails using self adhesive copper
tape bonded around the base of your Ecobeds.
these molluscs get into your Ecobed as eggs laid in your compost, kill
them with organically approved iron based snail pellets as soon as you
discover them. You should only need to use a small number of pellets.
A 4 year crop rotation
plan is the best cure for root knot nematode. They do not prosper when
their host plant is removed to another bed, and after 4 years, their
effectiveness as a plant pathogen is substantially reduced.
applications of aerated compost tea boost the natural defences of Silverbeet by colonising the leaf surfaces with beneficial microbes.
They defend the plant against airborne pests and diseases.
proper soil preparation including regular applications of home made
compost boosts the community of beneficial
microbes, which defend the plants roots against plant pathogens.
Exclusion netting stops birds digging up worms in your Ecobed, and takes the edge off hot sunshine with a 20% shade factor.