New World Little Gardens

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silverbeet

Silverbeet

Beta vulgaris var. cicla

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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Getting started

  • Put the soil tablet on a saucer and pour 50ml of water over it.
  • Put on gloves and mix the water into the soil with your hands to make a wet mixture. Watch the soil expand.
  • Use most of your soil to fill up the pot to around 2cm below the top.
  • Now place your seed mat on top of the soil (take care not to press down too hard).
  • Now use the rest of your soil mixture to cover the seed mat.
  • Remember to wash your hands when you’re done!

How to keep your Little Garden healthy

  • Place the pot on a clean saucer in a place with enough light, but not directly in the sun.
  • Check the soil in the morning, and before bed. If the soil feels dry and crumbly, pour a small amount of clean water over the surface.
  • Within 1-2 weeks you should see a little plant appear from the soil. That means the seeds have germinated and will be ready soon to move into a bigger pot or garden.
  • If more than one little plant grows, you can thin your silverbeet seedling by choosing the strongest-looking one and removing the others. You can eat the picked seedlings like microgreens.

When your seedling is ready to go in the garden

  • When your silverbeet is about as tall as your finger (in approx. 3 weeks), it’s ready to shift into the garden or pot.
  • Get your silverbeet used to life outside: you can harden off your silverbeet seedling by putting 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

  • Silverbeet will produce sweeter, crisper leaves if you water it regularly. If the plants dry out, the leaves can become bitter and tough.

Harvest time

  • After about 8 weeks, you can start harvesting the leaves.
  • You can 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.

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