Silverbeet (Chard)

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[scientific name]

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Optimum Soil Temperature
Days to Germination
Days to Harvest
Direct Sow or Transplant
Distance Apart
Soil pH
Annual/Biennial /Perennial 

History

wasy to grown and versatile

Swiss chard, spinach beet, perpetual spinach, seakale beet.

plenty of vitamin A and C

calcium and iron

iron is more easily absorbed if a squeeze of lemon juic is added to the leaves.

plenty of moisture

sunny spot

likes growing with onions lettuces brassicas and dwarf beans

NOT with climbing beans

likes a good feed

aged chicken manure

rust can develope if planting is cramped

if rusted:  pick off infected leaves and dispose.

Growing

Storing harvested [name]:Seed Saving:

Maintenance

Feeding:

Fun Facts

Problems

Rust – red-brown spots appear on leaves

Bolting/Running to Seed – Prolonged cold spell followed by warm weather Transplant shock. Direct sow where possible.

Pests

Slugs and Snails – seedlings eaten

Silverbeet Leafminer – fine track lines appear in leaves. Remove affected leaves. Expose pupae in soil for the birds

Caterpillars – chewed foliage

Companion Planting

Beets, Cherry, Fruit Trees, Lavender, Marjoram, Onions

NEVER Basil