Beta vulgaris of the Chenopodiaceae family is a descendant of Sea Beet from the Mediterranean coast. It self-seeds in my garden with gay abandon and when they first pop their heads up, the baby red rainbow chard plants are as cute as a button. They are tough, grow quickly and look wonderful in rows in my veggie patch. The leaves are also quite delicious and full of million nutrients.
I pulled another giant broccoli plant from the veggie patch and launched it into the chicken yard this afternoon. There’s not a lot of green left in their domain and so I guess it’s not surprising that the chickens were happy to get a big plant, but it’s remarkable how enthusiastically they gobble up the leaves of brassicas, tails in the air and making happy chicken noises all the while.