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Organic Gardening test picks

In my Organic Gardening magazine this month they featured some of their favorite vegetable varieties tested in gardens they chose around the country with varying climate zonesHere are a few I’m considering!

Kale ‘White Russian’ is sweeter than most kale and packed with nutrients.  It’s very easy to grow and likes it cool.  You can easily plant a spring crop and a fall crop.

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Carrots have the highest sugar content of any vegetable except beets.  I happen to love ‘Purple Dragon’ but the OG test gardener says her favorite, along with her sons, is ‘YaYa’.

Carrots 'Purple Dragon'

Carrots ‘Purple Dragon’

‘Ya Ya’ carrot grows to  6 inches with a stubby smooth profile.  She keeps her carrots in the ground all winter ,covered with a bale of straw.  That way she can dig out a fresh carrot whenever she likes.  One of the test gardens chosen is in Belle Plaine, Minnesota.  Her favorite veggie?  it’s a lettuce called ‘Black seeded simpson’.  And this gardener knows her stuff.  She coordinated vegetable and flower trial gardens for the master gardener program  here.  The leaves of this lettuce ar e  a pretty chartreuse with a sweet taste and a tender, yet crisp texture.  The bonus is that this lettuce doesn’t get bitter tasting.  That’s a problem in our climate for most leafy greens, they turn bitter in the heat just before they  bolt.   

PLEASE NOTE THAT I AM HAVING TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES UPLOADING PICTURES.  SO SORRY!

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