Journey of A Garden: Two Shades of Green.

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My silverbeet is two shades of green. Three of the six bunches of sliverbeet are a lighter shade of green than the others, even though they lie in the same no dig garden bed.

This only happened recently.

I don’t know why.

The garden is at the back of a rental property on the south coast of New South Wales, about 2 hours south of Sydney, Australia. The soil is generally fertile in a region famous for dairy farming and viticulture, although the garden had been stripped of much of its nutrients when I moved in, courtesy of the previous tenant’s neglect and a dry winter. The garden attracts quite a lot of sun, during very warm summer months and even during colder winter months in what is typically a temperate climate. The area is also famous for beaches and surfing, which is great after a day of hard yakka in the garden.

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All of the plants are on their second cycle of growth. I’ve been picking the silverbeet and eating it almost every day and it is a very abundant crop, growing very well.

When it first started growing, all of the leaves were a dark shade of green and all were growing at about the same rate and all tasted the same – either raw or cooked.

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The light green plants were cut back probably more than the other three recently, so maybe the growth is newer? Also, the leaves on the light green plants appear smoother.

I guess the true test is in the eating.

I’ll leave the lighter leaves to grow for a while and see what happens.

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