Easy to grow in most soils. Deep-rooted and drought-resistant-helps aerate the subsoil. Slow to bolt. Cutting encourages new growth, and young leaves have mildest best flavor. Plant from spring on. Cold hardy once established.
Beta vulgaris / C,W/Matures 12-16/Harvest 3-4/Yield 240-950/Sp 6"
How do I choose? There are two types, which are considered different vegetables in Europe. The familiar Swiss Chard also known as silverbeet, or seakale beet has glossy, crumpled leaves and very long, thick stems which are sometimes colored. The stems can be cooked as a separate vegetable, or substituted for celery. Very drought tolerant. The leaf beet or Perpetual Spinach types --so called because they look and taste much like spinach but do not bolt in summer heat--have narrow stems and smoother leaves with a more tender texture. Very cold-hardy.