The vegie patch doesn’t need to be a sea of green! Yates® Silverbeet ‘Rainbow Chard’ produces striking coloured stems in yellow, orange, pink, violet and striped green, adding vibrant colour to the vegie patch or pots.
Silverbeet (also known as chard) contains lots of vitamins and minerals, is a good source of fibre and is low in calories. The nutritious leaves and stems are great for a stir fry, pasta, soups, savoury muffins and quiche and young and tender leaves can also be added to salads.
Here are the simple steps to growing your own rainbow chard:
Start harvesting leaves from 8 weeks after sowing. Pick individual leaves as you need them by pulling (rather than cutting) stems at the base, starting with the outside leaves.
Pest watch: silverbeet can be attacked by voracious caterpillars. Protect plants with Yates Success® Ultra Insect Control, which is derived from beneficial soil bacteria. Spray silverbeet plants every 1 – 2 weeks, including the undersides of foliage where caterpillars often hide, while caterpillars or their damage, are noticed.