Organic Gardening’s five favorite veggies for your garden – The Express-Times

Doug Hall, managing editor of Rodale’s Organic Gardening
, shares some of his favorite vegetables to come out of the Rodale Institute test garden last year.

Try some of these in your garden this year:

‘Brandywine’ tomato. “The hearty flavor of this old
heirloom variety is everything you could ask for in a tomato — in fact, it won our
office taste test last summer. But it’s slow to ripen and can be balky if the
growing conditions aren’t just right,” Hall says. Seed source: Johnny’s Selected
Seeds, 877-564-6697,

‘Beananza’ snap bean. “This is a space-saving bush bean
with the summer-long stamina of vining beans; our harvest lasted about 10 weeks.
It’s a stringless variety with a great beany taste,” Hall says. Seed source:
Burpee, 800-888-1447,

‘Yaya’ carrot. “Carrot connoisseurs love the sweetness
and reliable crunch of this stubby hybrid, which sizes up well even in clay
soils,” Hall says. Seed source: John Scheepers Kitchen Garden Seeds, 860-567-6086,

‘Shishito’ pepper. “Saute them whole for a tasty appetizer
or toss them on the grill — this thin-walled sweet pepper offers plenty of
culinary options. The plants are amazingly prolific,” Hall says. Seed
source: High Mowing Organic Seeds, 802-472-6174,

‘White Russian’ kale. “With leaves that are tender and
mild, this is the kale for people who think they don’t like kale. It’s also a
season-extender, producing from early spring until well after fall frosts,” Hall says. Seed
source: The Natural Gardening Co., 707-766-9303,

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