Silverbeet, sometimes known as chard, contains lots of vitamins and minerals, is a good source of fibre and is low in calories. Like spinach, silverbeet is a versatile vegie and can be used in pasta dishes, soups, salads, savoury muffins, pastries and quiches as well as on pizzas and lightly sautéed with olive oil, garlic and lemon juice.
Silverbeet stalks can also be added to a gratin, braised or used in stir fries, so there’s no waste with this healthy leafy green!
Yates Silverbeet ‘Fordhook Giant’ is an easy to grow variety of silverbeet that produces an abundant harvest of large crinkly, highly nutritious leaves with long, sturdy white stems.
To grow your own silverbeet it’s as simple as sowing seed 12 mm deep, direct where the plants are to grow, or sow in seeds in a tray of Yates Seed Raising Mixand transplanting seedlings into their final home when they’re around 6-8 cm high. Seeds take 10 – 14 days to germinate.
Yates Silverbeet ‘Fordhook Giant’ does best in a full sun spot in the vegie garden. Give each plant around 30 cm of space to grow and you can start harvesting leaves around 11 – 12 weeks after sowing.
One of the many benefits of loose leafy vegies like silverbeet is that you can harvest individual leaves and stalks as you need them.
Pest watch: silverbeet can be attacked by caterpillars and aphids. Protect plants with Yates Pyrethrum Insect Pest Gun. It contains pyrethrin, which is a natural extract from the pyrethrum daisy. Spray silverbeet plants each week, including the undersides of foliage where pests often hide,such as caterpillars and aphids, or their damage, are noticed.