When I first started gardening, the aim was to have an end product: a pleasing garden and some food to eat. Then I discovered that it was a wonderful source of learning.
My most recent discovery is that chard can produce a root, which may be eaten.
I was taken by surprise the other day when tidying up the front garden. Hidden under wilted and dying phacelia, mustard and other green manure was the splendid root featured above.
It would be a shame to pull up the root while the plant is still producing tender leaves but I might just give it a go once the plant looks like it is going to bolt. I guess the root will get tougher after that?