2010 Trials

The best varieties of 2010 from the Organic Gardening test gardens

By Doug Hall

Photography by Christa Neu


‘Tye-Dye’ tomato
Source: Burpee

tye dye tomato
The most beautiful tomato in the 2010 trials, ‘Tye-Dye’ produced smooth, crack-free fruits with marbled interiors. Indeterminate.

“I gave a lot of these to a friend who ate them like apples. I wouldn’t go that far, but they were good in insalata caprese.” —John Lewis, Newport, Rhode Island



‘Double Zahara Cherry’ zinnia
All-America Selections winner; widely available


Given full sun and regular water, this compact zinnia bears tousled blossoms without pause. A sibling of orange-flowered ‘Double Zahara Fire’.

“The two zinnias are definite winters. They bloom like gangbusters—no deadheading required—and are self-branching. —Andres Mejides, Homestead, Florida