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Silverbeet (or Swiss chard) can produce loads of giant paddle-like leaves for up to two years.

Likes: Compost-rich soil; even moisture; and regular feeding.
Dislikes: Very hot and humid conditions.
When to plant/sow in zone:
How to start: Enrich soil with compost and organic fertiliser then sow seed directly in the soil 12mm deep, 20–30cm apart. Keep moist until seed germinate.
How to grow: Keep moist and feed with organic fertiliser every 6 weeks. Shade plants when hot weather arrives.
When to harvest: When big enough, harvest the outer leaves by pulling them away rather than cutting.
Pests and diseases: Snails; Cercospora leaf spot

Wondering what to plant when?

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