Re: [gardeners] Re: Potatoes/spinach

Michael & Bambi Cantrell (
Tue, 27 Oct 1998 12:53:18 -0500

Gotta agree with you on this one, Allen.  Collards are far and above my
favorite with mustard and turnip greens second.

Our weather has been similar to yours this year too.  We flooded last
winter, then drought, then flooded when Bonnie came through, then
very dry again!  I am thankful that our extremes haven't been as bad
as yours have been though.   Our floods last winter were such that
we have stayed above average for rainfall this year, and we routinely
get 55 to 65 inches of rain a year.

Coastal Carolina
USDA zone 8; AHS Heat zone 8
Sunset zone 31

>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.
>    Allen
>    Bastrop Co.,Tx
>    Zone 8
>Penny Nielsen wrote:
>> Hi Allen
>> As someone mentioned, its not spinach but swiss chard.  I don't know what
I was thinking of at the time.  In another daze I guess.  Actually, none of
my spinach sprouted this year.  Never had this happen before.  Its been a
strange year tho as I planted my yellow and green string beans same day and
only the yellow sprouted.
>> Its been a while since I ate the Bright Lights so can't really comment on
how it tasted in comparison to other chards.  My favourite cooked greens
amongst the 3 are still beet greens - yummy.
>> Penny Nielsen
>> Halifax, Nova Scotia
>> Zone 5/6a
>> >>> Allen and Judy Merten <> 10/21 12:43 AM >>>
>> Hi Penny in Halifax,
>>     Did you get to eat any of the Bright Lights? If so how does the taste
compare to regular spinach?
>>     Allen
>>     Bastrop Co.,Tx
>>     Zone 8