If there is one vegetable you'd like to start growing, then Silverbeet ( chard ) might be the vegetable for you. There are so many reasons to grow silverbeet even if you think you might not like eating it.
* Silverbeet is a cool climate plant but can be grown in warmer climates providing it gets extra water and shelter during heatwaves. In most climates it can be grown all year round.
* Leaves can be picked within 7 weeks of seedlings being planted.
* The same plant can have leaves harvested year in, year out. My good friend Maureen from The Cheapskates Club has had the same plant growing for about 7 years.
* It's a wonderful space saving plant that can also be grown in a pot.
* When broccoli is too dear to buy in the shops, silverbeet makes a wonderful green vegetable substitute saving you lots of money on your grocery budget.
* Only 2 plants are needed to feed a family of four.
* Silverbeet makes a great ' filler ' to stretch meals further. Shred the leaves and add them to spag bol sauce, lasagne, chop suey and stir fries.
* When you only have sad veggies in your fridge crisper, don't go to the shops. Just pick a few silverbeet leaves, coarsely chop and toss in a little bit of water in a saucepan.
* Silverbeet is a good source of vitamin A, B6, C and K as well as riboflavin and folate.
|The silverbeet plant|
|Silverbeet added to a tuna pasta dish|