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Silverbeet

Beta vulgaris var. cicla

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The ‘Fordhook’ silverbeet is easy to grow and produces an almost year-round harvest of large green leaves, perfect for steaming, stir-frying and sautéeing.

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  • Follow The Steps!

Getting started

  • Peel the sticker off and find your soil tablet, leave it in the tray. 
  • Pour 60ml of water into the hole with the soil tablet. All the way to the top of the hole. 
  • Let the soil tablet absorb all the water for 5 minutes. 
  • Mix the water into the soil with your fingers to make a even wet mixture. 
  • Remember to wash your hands when you’re done.

How to keep your Little Garden healthy

  • Place the tray in a place with enough light, but not directly in the sun. 
  • Check the soil every day. If the soil feels dry and crumbly, pour a small amount of clean water over the surface. 
  • You should see a little plant appear from the soil in 1 or 2 weeks, which means the seeds have germinated and will be ready soon to move into a bigger pot or garden. 
  • You can thin your silverbeet seedling by choosing the strongest-looking one if more than one little plant grows.

When your seedling is ready to go in the garden

  • Shift into the garden or pot when your silverbeet is about as tall as your finger (in approx. 3 weeks). 
  • Put it in a warm and sheltered spot for 1-2 hours a day  and return inside for the night. Do this for 4-5 days, leaving it outside for a little longer each day before you shift it out into the garden forever.

Planting best practice

  • Silverbeet will grow best in a spot with well-drained, rich soil, but it’s not fussy and will grow almost anywhere. 
  • Silverbeet can cope with partial sun and will be fine in a pot, provided you keep it moist.

Look after your plant while it’s growing

  • Water it regularly to get sweeter, crisper leaves. If the plants dry out, the leaves can become bitter and tough.

Harvest time

  • You can start harvesting the leaves after about 8 weeks, . 
  • Or harvest the whole plant or pick the leaves one by one from around the outside by twisting them at the base – the plant will keep producing new leaves from the middle.

Watch out

  • Slugs and snails will nibble on baby silverbeet, so create your own pest protection, lay out bait or pick off these slimy pests. 
  • Later in the season silverbeet can be prone to powdery mildew, a fungal infection that causes a white film on the leaves. If you notice this, remove affected leaves and spray the plant weekly with a milk and baking soda spray. 

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