Annual Test Garden Review: More!

Here are eight more varieties that impressed us in the 2013 test garden.

January 9, 2014

'Boxwood' Basil

The flavor and aroma are similar to traditional sweet basil, but this compact, mounded herb has much smaller leaves. Grow it in pots or as a kitchen-garden edging.

'Listada de Gandia' eggplant

'Listada de Gandia' is a stunner, and delicious to boot. The thin-skinned, streaked fruits are about 6 inches long and egg-shaped.
Tomato Growers Supply Co.


'Jimmy Nardello's' pepper

Amazingly prolific and quick to mature, this thin-walled pepper has a sweet, fruity flavor. Enjoy it fresh or lightly sautéed in the traditional Italian style.
Territorial Seed Co.

'Jasper' tomato

Fungal diseases often slow down the tomatoes in our test garden well before fall. Not 'Jasper'—its tiny, tangy fruits just kept coming.
Johnny's Selected Seeds

'Jacob's Cattle' bean

A much-loved heirloom, 'Jacob’s Cattle' is a meaty, kidney-type dry bean that holds its own in hearty dishes. Bush habit.
High Mowing Organic Seeds

'Bloomsdale Long Standing' spinach

A fixture in seed catalogs since 1826, this spinach bears large rumpled leaves that are unbeatable for flavor, fresh or cooked.
Sustainable Seed Co.

'Hakurei' turnip

The surprise star of the 2013 trials: a turnip? The small roots mature almost as quickly as a radish—35 days—and are consistently sweet, crisp, and mild.
The Natural Gardening Co.

'Provider' bean

This open-pollinated bush bean sets a super-productive, flavorful standard for green snap beans.
Territorial Seed Co.


Tomatoes and Ground Cherries


Vegetables and Basil

Photography by Patrick Montero
Originally published in Organic Gardening magazine, February/March 2014