Re: [gardeners] Re: Potatoes/spinach

George Shirley (
Mon, 26 Oct 1998 17:04:23 -0800

Liz Albrook wrote:
> Bill Loke <> wrote:
> > Beets are beta vulgaris var. vulgaris. Swiss chard is beta vulgaris
> > var. flavescens. Spinach beets are beta vulgaris var. cicla. So they
> > are all varieties of beets.
> Yeup.  I find that swiss chard does taste different than the leaves
> from red beets but that the greens from golden beets taste like swiss
> chard.  I usually cut the leaves from golden beets twice before
> letting them regrow to form the bulb.  That's not what books
> recommend but it works for me here.  Neither beets nor chard grew
> well in my garden on the gulf coast.
> Liz

Have to agree about the beets and the Gulf Coast. Last year our whole
crop amounted to about a cup of beets but Miz Anne keeps trying. Chard
does well for us if we can keep the cabbage loopers off of it but it
does best in the cool (relatively speaking) of our winters.