Growing Silverbeet

Latest Update 18th August 2017.

Silverbeet (Swiss Chard)
  • Two 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.
Details.
  • Variety:                                                    Rhubarb Silverbeet & Fordhook Silverbeet.
  • Family group:                                           Chenopodiaceae.
  • Crop rotation group:                                  Heavy Feeders.
  • Garden bed type:                                      Garden Ecobed.
  • Recommended soil pH:                             6.0 - 7.5.
  • Minimum sun per day:                              4 hours.
  • Plant spacings:                                        500mm.
  • Weeks to harvest:                                     7 - 12 weeks.
  • Good companions.                                    Beetroot. Lavender. Onions.
  • Climate:                                                   Warm temperate
  • Geography:                                              Southern hemisphere.
Nutrition.
  • 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. 
  • More from nutrition data.self.com.
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.
Propagating Seedlings. 
  • Check out my blogpage which explains how I propagate seeds.
Propagation Plan.
  • Check out my blogpage which tells you when to sow seeds.
Growing Instructions.
  • Soak four Silverbeet seeds in captured rainwater 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. 
  • 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.