2010 Trials

The best varieties of 2010 from the Organic Gardening test gardens

By Doug Hall

Photography by Christa Neu


‘Turkey Craw’ shelling bean
Source: Seed Savers Exchange

turkey craw beans

An old heirloom, ‘Turkey Craw’ showed us why it has remained popular for generations: The beans were abundant and delicious.

“This dry bean produced well, lots of pretty smallish beans, beige colored with darker brown around the hilum.” —Linda Crago, Wellandsport, Ontario


‘Apollo’ broccoli
Source: Territorial Seed Co.

Apollo Broccoli

‘Apollo’ is quick to produce an early crop, followed by a continuing harvest of long-stemmed side shoots.

“Produces small heads quickly and continuously in spring and fall. Overall production is small in comparison to other varieties, but it’s nice to harvest some broccoli while waiting for the larger varieties to fill out.” —Debbie Leung, Olympia, Washington