Its Easy Being Green!

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Late autumn is still a fabulous opportunity to sow and grow so many delicious vegies. It’s time to get growing!

Grow something good for you!

We should all be eating more greens and silverbeet is an ideal home grown candidate. Silverbeet is low in calories, fat and cholesterol whilst being high in dietary fibre and vitamins like A, C, E, K and B6, as well as thiamin, folate, calcium, iron and magnesium.

And there are multiple delicious ways you can use silverbeet, including finely chopped as a pizza topping, sautéed with raisins, garlic and onions, incorporated into tarts and quiches or used in place of spinach in divine spanakopita.

You can also add tender young leaves to salads and smoothies or try using silverbeet instead of herbs in pesto. Yates® ‘Compact Deep Green’ Silverbeet is a smaller bolt-resistant variety of silverbeet that’s perfect for sowing in May. It features large crinkled dark green tasty leaves on short white stems and will be ready to harvest in just 11-12 weeks.

Now that you can’t wait to grow your own, here are the simple steps to get you started!

Harvest tip: begin picking young leaves as required, starting with the outside leaves. Harvest by pulling, rather than cutting, stalks.

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Brilliant broad beans
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Broad beans, sometimes referred to as faba or fava beans, are a great source of fibre and protein as well as containing vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Broad beans (Vicia faba) are a fantastic bean to sow during May that will yield heavy crops of beans in around 4 – 5 months time.

Yates® Broad Bean ‘Evergreen’ is a tender and succulent green seeded variety that produces small, mild flavoured beans that are suitable for fresh use or freezing.

Growing Guide:

Here are some broad bean recipes to inspire you to grow this delicious vegie:

Caterpillar time
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With delicious cool season vegies like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower in full swing, caterpillars like cabbage white butterfly caterpillars will be on the rampage. Even the smallest of caterpillars can chew through mountains of foliage and left unchecked can result in heartbreaking skeletonised leaves. You may not see the caterpillars themselves, just their damage or droppings, as many caterpillars are cleverly camouflaged.

Caterpillars are easy to control by regularly spraying vegies with Yates® Success® Ultra.

Yates Success Ultra controls a range of common caterpillars, including cabbage white butterfly caterpillars, on a variety of plants, including potatoes, tomatoes, pipfruit and stonefruit. Spraying should start as soon as the first caterpillars or their damage is spotted and repeat applications every 7 days.

The active constituent in Yates Success Ultra, spinetoram, is a new generation insecticide derived from beneficial soil bacteria that was originally discovered on an island in the Caribbean.

Spinetoram controls caterpillars via both contact action and ingestion. It also has what is called ‘translaminar action’, which enables it to move from the upper to lower leaf surfaces, helping to make it rainfast.


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