2010 Trials

The best varieties of 2010 from the Organic Gardening test gardens

By Doug Hall

Photography by Christa Neu


‘Magnolia Blossom’ snap pea
Source: Seeds of Change (available in 2012)

sweet pea

Pink-flowered ‘Magnolia Blossom’ relies on a thicket of tendrils to nimbly climb to 8 feet. We were still picking the crisp and tender pods in July.

“Quick off the mark, this edible-pod pea has attractive flowers (though I wouldn’t suggest it as an edible ornamental—the flowers are pretty but not spectacular) and lots of tasty pods.” —Don Boekelheide, Charlotte, North Carolina




‘Strawberry Crown’ squash
Source: Seed Savers Exchange

Our testers disagreed on the flavor of this pumpkinlike winter squash. Some found it moist, sweet, and delicious; others, bland.

“Much too pretty to cook! I’m using them everywhere as fall decorations.” —Jackie Smith, Belle Plaine, Minnesota