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 27th August 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 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.
Soak four Silverbeet seeds in capturedrainwater for 24 hours. Pick out the ones that have sunk to the bottom of the water and discard any others.
Sow them in an EcoPropagator and when the seedlings are ready plant them out in the prepared bed.
Water them well with rainwater containing seaweed extract (suppliers dilution rate).
Cover the soil with fresh mulch as soon as
the silverbeet is established.
Harvesting and Storage
Silverbeet can be 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.