Silver beet

How large can a leaf of silver beet grow? 

Months ago I wrote about establishing a hugelkultur garden.  In that space I planted, over time, an assortment of vegetables as an experiment. I am delighted to say the feverfew, garlic, spring onions, rocket, broad beans, mustard and a few other plants have grown strongly after slow starts. But the surprise has been the silver beet. Each leaf has been so huge it could barely support its own weight.

Each leaf almost provides a meal on its own. Texture and taste is great.

Perhaps there was some luck with the seed which I germinated. I had collected the seed from the silver beets last year. This year, I will let some of the plant flower and go to seed, so that I can collect fresh seed from this giant leaf variation.

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