Source: High Mowing Organic Seeds
This ‘Genovese’-type sweet basil has the zesty taste we crave for pesto and salads, plus extra holding power in the garden. Short internodes—the spaces between leaves—result in a plant that is dense with foliage. Although it’s marketed as a compact variety, ‘Aton’ grew vigorously for us, reaching a height of 30 inches in some locations. The appearance of flowers, which can signal a decline in leaf quality, came later than for other basils.
“‘Aton’ didn’t start flowering as early as other varieties and was quick to regrow after pinching back. It had the best leaf production of all the basils we grew during our very wet summer.” —Kathy Shaw, Neenah, Wisconsin
‘Bitonto’ Cherry Tomato
Source: Territorial Seed Co.
For a plant that grew barely a foot tall, ‘Bitonto’ amazed us with its prolific and early set of tart, bite-size fruits. This hybrid is a determinate variety, so after a productive harvest season, it relinquishes its spot for fall crops. It’s the right size for patio containers or hanging baskets, or wherever garden space is at a premium.
“This was a star performer, bearing scads of tomatoes in a large pot. The kids kept it stripped.” —Barbara Miller, Boulder, Colorado