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Silverbeet Growing Information
Silverbeet, also called Swiss chard, grows best in the cooler time of the year (Although it does well all year in Tasmania due to cooler summers on average). Sow silverbeet in the garden 2 to 4 weeks after all frost has passed in spring (October to November in Tas) – cold weather can cause the seedlings to bolt. To get an early start, sow silverbeet indoors as early as 3 to 4 weeks before the average last frost date in spring for transplanting out when plants are 3 to 4 inches (7-10cm) tall. Once established silverbeet will tolerate heat and frost. Plant silverbeet also in summer/early autumn for an autumn/winter harvest.
Water and feeding silverbeet. Keep silverbeet evenly moist for quick, tender growth. Prepare planting beds with well-aged compost in advance of sowing. Side dress silverbeet with aged compost at midseason.
Companion plants. Chicory, garlic, leeks, mustard, onions. Avoid growing silverbeet with legumes, potatoes, or tomatoes.