Annual Test Garden Review: More!

Here are eight more varieties that impressed us in the 2013 test garden.

By Doug Hall


'Jacob's Cattle' bean

A much-loved heirloom, 'Jacob’s Cattle' is a meaty, kidney-type dry bean that holds its own in hearty dishes. Bush habit.
High Mowing Organic Seeds

Jacobs Cattle Bean
Bloomsdale Long Standing Spinach

'Bloomsdale Long Standing' spinach

A fixture in seed catalogs since 1826, this spinach bears large rumpled leaves that are unbeatable for flavor, fresh or cooked.
Sustainable Seed Co.

'Hakurei' turnip

The surprise star of the 2013 trials: a turnip? The small roots mature almost as quickly as a radish—35 days—and are consistently sweet, crisp, and mild.
The Natural Gardening Co.

Hakurei Turnip
Provider Bean

'Provider' bean

This open-pollinated bush bean sets a super-productive, flavorful standard for green snap beans.
Territorial Seed Co.


Tomatoes and Ground Cherries

Tomatoes and Ground Cherries



Vegetables and Basil

Vegetables and Basil

Photography by Patrick Montero
Originally published in Organic Gardening magazine, February/March 2014