2010 Trials

The best varieties of 2010 from the Organic Gardening test gardens

By Doug Hall

Photography by Christa Neu


‘Cherokee Green’ tomato
Source: Johnny’s Selected Seeds

green cherokee

Superb flavor made up for this heirloom’s lack of disease resistance and its relatively restrained production. Indeterminate.

“‘Cherokee Green’ tomato got high points for taste with our family and looked great in raw dishes mixed with red tomatoes. However, the plants quit producing sooner than our other varieties.” —Kathy Shaw, Neenah, Wisconsin


‘Finale’ fennel
Source: High Mowing Seeds (available in 2012)


The flattish bulbs of this open-pollinated variety are crisp, large, and mild.

“The bulbs sized up a week or so before other varieties and lasted in the garden longer before bolting, which gave us a longer harvest period. In our future gardens we plan to grow this as a substitute for celery, which doesn’t grow as well in our climate.” —Kathy Shaw, Neenah, Wisconsin