Updated on March 7, 2014

2014 Beet, Beetberry, Swiss Chard, and Spinach
(Goosefoot Family)

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2014 Beet

Beet culture:  Plant seed about 1 inch deep as early as the soil can be worked in the Spring. Thin to one plant every 4 inches to get good sized uniform roots. Any variety listed below may be used as beet greens for cooking. Approximately 500 seeds per packet.

3 Root Grex:  60 days.  An interbreeding mix developed by Alan Kapuler. A most impressive mix of colors from pinkish red, bright yellow, to a unique orange. Beets can get large and remain tasty from the Mangel beet in the background. Pkt. $2.75 OG

Boltardy:  60 days.  Developed in Holland for bolt resistance to withstand cold, Spring stress. Pkt. $1.75

Bulls Blood:  60 days.  A selection from an old French variety. Deep red roots, deep red foliage as well. Makes a superb red food coloring. Pkt. $2.00

Burpee Golden:  60 days.  Delicious and colorful. Bright orange globes. Pkt. $3.00 OG

Chioggia:  60 days.  Beautiful, red with white internal rings. Pkt. $2.00

Colossal Red Mangel:  90 days.  A very good stock beet that can attain a fair size. Our livestock and chickens love them. They can also be eaten for table use when in the small stage. Pkt. $1.75 OG

Crosby Egyptian:  55 days.  Flattened, heart shaped roots from 1869. Green tops. Pkt. $1.25

Cylindra:  60 days.  Long beet with small reddish-green tops. Excellent for slicing. Pkt. $1.25

Detroit Dark Red:  55 days.  Developed about 1892, standard by which other beets are judged. Pkt. $1.25

Early Wonder:  55 days.  Very early, excellent for canning, pickling and fresh use. Pkt. $1.25

Lutz:  75 days.  The traditional, old-style, winter keeper beet. Foliage is pale green and rather tall. Beets are slow to bulb up, but are very solid. Roots can get huge and still remain edible. While this is a worthy beet, what we are selling is not the true Lutz. We exhausted our Sand Hill produced Lutz seed and everything we purchase is not the "true" Lutz. Pkt. $1.50

Ruby Queen:  60 days.  Smooth, medium size, dark red, fairly large greenish tops. An All American Selections winner in 1957. Pkt. $1.25

White Detroit:  65 days.  Relatively new introduction where the beets are white, less bleeding and staining but same earthy flavor. Pkt. $2.50


Beet Mix:  Mix of all the types we sell. For the small size gardener who wants to try them all, but doesn't have the space. Pkt. $2.00

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2014 Beetberry

Beetberry:  70 days.  Plant early. Very tiny seeds. Plant very shallow and keep moist. Tasty berry-like fruits on the stems. Sometimes called Strawberry Spinach. Leaves may also be eaten in salad. Approximately 40 seeds per packet. Pkt. $3.00

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2014 Swiss Chard

Swiss chard culture:  Culture is the same as beets. This is a wonderful, nutritious treat for poultry and rabbits. Give your animals a treat by sharing the bug eaten and larger leaves with them. When the plants get bug eaten in mid-summer, wait and cut to the ground and let regrow about 2 weeks prior to the first Fall frost. You will never know that they were ever insect damaged. Plant as early in the season as the ground can be worked. Sprinkle seeds about 1/2 inch apart and 1/2 inch deep. As the plants develop, thin as needed to be 3 to 4 inches apart. Use the young, tender thinnings in salads. Approximately 500 seeds per packet.

Butter (AKA Gold Glebe):  65 days.  All green leaf with small white stems. A sweetish stemmed variety to be picked early and small for inclusion in braising and salad mixes or as a spinach substitute in any dish. Pkt. $2.50 OG

Fordhook Giant:  60 days.  Standard, dark green leaves, white ribs. Pkt. $1.50

Golden:  60 days.  Yellow stem, smooth stalk, very colorful. Pkt. $2.50 OG

Large Ribbed:  65 days.  White ribbed smooth stalk, thick green leaves. Large, thick ribs. Pkt. $1.50

Lucullus:  60 days.  A traditional cultivar with tasty ribs and leaves. Ribs and leaves are about equal in proportion. Pkt. $1.50

Orange Fantasia:  65 days.  Dark green leaves with bright orange stalks, not an old variety but very colorful. Pkt. $2.00

Pink Lipstick:  65 days.  Savoyed leaves with bright pink stalks, not an old variety but a colorful addition. Pkt. $1.75

Rhubarb Chard:  60 days.  Beautiful and tasty, deep red leaves and bright red stalks up to 2 feet tall. Pkt. $1.75

Silverado:  60 days.  An improved Lucullus. White stems with dark green, savoyed leaves. Pkt. $1.50


Swiss Chard Mix:  A mix of the above types for those who would like to try all of them. Pkt. $2.25

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2014 Spinach

Spinach culture:  Plant early in the spring and again in mid-August. Approximately 90 seeds per packet except Giant Winter which has 40 seeds per packet.

America:  45 days.  An All America winner in 1952, long a favorite, slow bolting, Bloomsdale type with deep green, savoyed leaves. Pkt. $1.50

Bloomsdale Long Standing:  50 days.  Good yields of dark green crumpled leaves. Packet will plant a 25 foot row. Pkt. $1.25

Giant Winter:  45 days.  Smooth, semi-savoyed, green leaves, more cold hardiness for late season plantings. Pkt. $2.00

Nobel:  45 days.  Large leafed spreading plant, slow to bolt. Pkt. $1.50

New Zealand:  75 days.  Plant after the soil becomes warm. Do not sow this one early like regular spinach. Not the same species as regular spinach, but does well in hot weather. A packet will plant about a 15 foot row. Approximately 100 seeds per packet. Pkt. $1.50


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