This year I am growing two types of red beetroot - "Red Ace" and the old favourite "Boltardy" - and (for the first time) a golden variety "Burpee's Golden". In order to prolong my harvesting season I sowed the red beetroots a couple of weeks before the golden one, and the red ones also had the benefit of cloches, which the golden one didn't. This is what they look like now:
As well as the beetroot I am also growing a small quantity of the closely-related Swiss Chard and Perpetual Spinach. Jane doesn't like either of these, so I don't grow much, but I love Chard. It is effectively two vegetables in one - the green parts of the leaves can be used like spinach, and the fleshy stems can be cooked as you might cook Asparagus. In this picture of young Chard you can see the pinkish-white stems already beginning to thicken:
I grow Perpetual Spinach mainly because it bolts less readily than the "normal" spinach. Its name is a bit misleading actually - it is a Biennial, in other words a plant whose life spans two years: you sow it at the start of one year, and it runs to seed at the end of the next. The plants produce leaves much like any other spinach, though perhaps a bit more robust. The stems never thicken like Chard though.