Best of the 2011 Test Garden: New Varieties

Our Favorite New Varieties of Vegetables from the 2011 Organic Gardening Test Garden

By Doug Hall

Photography by Christa Neu


Even though we devoted most of the Organic Gardening Test Garden to familiar older varieties and heirlooms in 2011, we couldn’t resist including a few new introductions. Our hope is always to discover something wonderfully distinctive and delicious among the new catalog offerings. These were our favorites.

New Favorites OG Test Garden 2011‘Salt and Pepper’ Cucumber

This amazingly prolific pickling cucumber doubles as a tasty salad cuke. The white-skinned, 4-inch fruits are “a good size if you don’t want a lot of cuke at once,” one of our test gardeners says.

Source: Johnny’s Selected Seeds