The latest issue of Organic Gardening is about to hit the newstands. Here is a preview of the cool stories weve been working on. By the way, this issue marks the 70th anniversary of our first issue published in 1942.
By Doug Hall
Photography by Christa Neu
In 2011, to prepare for the 70th year of Organic Gardening, we brought back some of our favorite vegetable varieties from the past. At the same time, we quizzed the horticulturists at some trusted seed companies to tell us what varieties in their catalogs had undiscovered virtues—outstanding vegetables that we should be growing, but weren’t. We then dedicated our trial beds at the Rodale Institute, near Kutztown, Pennsylvania, to these tried-and-true standards, familiar open-pollinated varieties, and lesser-known heirlooms. Our team of 13 test gardeners scattered around the country grew the same varieties. We review the best of our 2011 harvest.