Re: [gardeners] Re: Potatoes/spinach

Penny Nielsen (
Tue, 27 Oct 1998 13:05:19 -0400

Hi Allen

Looked up in a couple of the catalogues for New Zealand Spinach.  From its botanical name I now know I've never tried it.  

I've never tried collards, but saw them being cooked on a TV show last week and was wondering what they tasted like.  Care to take a stab at describing the taste.  Am considering ordering some seed for next year, if indeed its a green I can grow here.

Sorry to hear about your garden.  We northerners complain about our long winters, but we don't have to contend with the extremes in weather that those in your climes and the tropics have to.  And now they are predicting this latest storm to be the worst of the season thus far.  Sure hope they're wrong.

Good luck with your plowing and next year's garden.

Penny Nielsen
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Zone 5/6a

>>> Allen and Judy Merten <> 10/27 9:57 AM >>>
Hi Penny,
    I, too knew the difference but forgot at the time. My favorite greens of all is Collards, followed by Mustard. I like most any greens, but have not tried Swiss Chard or the New Zealand Spinach. But I will very soon.
    My fall garden is just about a flop after 14 inches of rain in October. Got one picking of green beans, and 2 yellow squash before the plants drowned. It wasn't standing water that got them, just soil saturation, and this is sandy land!! As soon as things dry out a little, I am going to plow it all up.
    Some weather down in Texas this year. First the worst drought in 50 yrs and in October, record 100 year floods. This is the wettest October on record. In the future if someone just looks at the annual rainfall totals for 1998 they will not think there was a drought this year. We are actually a few inches ahead for the year.

    Bastrop Co.,Tx
    Zone 8