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Aromatic herbs and tasty tomatoes are a welcoming sign that spring and early summer will be delicious and healthy. As a gardening enthusiast you’ve probably experienced the pleasure of plucking a fresh tomato from the vine or snipping fresh herbs from your homegrown potted gardens. There’s nothing quite like enjoying these simple fruits of your labor. And for you foodies, you know the delicious difference between homegrown tomatoes and flavorful herbs and those you purchase at the market that have been boxed and shipped days earlier. With our early warm weather and ample sunshine, Rock City Gardens has a bounty of fresh tomatoes and herbs from which to choose. From Bell’s Beefsteak and Dixie Red’s hybrid to Cuban Yellow Grape cherry tomatoes, we’ve grown no less than 25 varieties of tomatoes and 50 kinds of herbs for your culinary enjoyment. While tomatoes and herbs can be planted in the soil, they generally perform even better when potted in appropriatesized containers with nutrient-rich potting soil. This allows you to move your potted gardens for sun exposure and easily water the plants as needed. And when your containers are within steps of your kitchen, plucking vine-ripened beauties and snipping a few fragrant herbs for a yummy meal is easy and fun. 2


Balsamic Bruschetta INGREDIENTS

8 plum or cherry tomatoes, diced ¼ cup chopped fresh basil ¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 1 teaspoon olive oil ¼ teaspoon kosher salt ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1 loaf French bread, toasted and sliced DIRECTIONS

In a bowl, toss together the tomatoes, basil, Parmesan cheese, and garlic. Mix in the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, kosher salt, and pepper. Serve on toasted bread slices.

Crazy for tomatoes? See page 6 for a complete list of all the varieties available at Rock City Gardens.

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CULINARY AND MEDICINAL HERBS

GOJI BERRIES

ANGEL GRASS Âť ANGEL GRASS promotes longevity by fortifying and strengthening the immune system and is known to reduce some chronic conditions and degenerative diseases. This culinary and medicinal Chinese herb has been used for healing for thousands of years.

Âť GOJI BERRIES are an excellent source of vitamins C, B and E, which naturally provide helpful amino acids and antioxidants for the body. This colorful herb performs well in potted gardens. Goji Berries are as ideal for cooking as they are for its medicinal benefits.

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Our friendly garden associates will happily help you select just the right medicinal herbs for your needs.


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As luck would have it – along with our hard-working growers – March brings delicious and medicinal herbs to our gardens. With minimal maintenance, you’ll reap the healthy benefits of these herbs throughout the summer.

HOAN NGOC » HOAN NGOC is a Vietnamese medicinal herb celebrated for its antioxidants, anti fungal, and anti bacterial components. Not only is it a natural preventative to physical ailments, it also aids in the healing of diabetes, high blood pressure, organ inflammation, detoxifying the liver, and reducing the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

VIETNAMESE CORIANDER » VIETNAMESE CORIANDER is flavorful, aromatic and delicious, especially when used in southeast Asian recipes. The taste is similar to cilantro and is very easy to grow. MAINTENANCE Easy! LIGHT Partial

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Crazy for tomatoes?

Packed with flavor and nutrients, you'll love these tomatoes any way you slice them.

VARIETY

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Ball’s

Beefsteak

Red

Betterbush

Slicing

Red

Black Cherry

Cherry

Black

Black Krim

Slicing

Black

Brandywine

Beefsteak

Red

Busy Early Girl

Slicing

Red

Celebrity

Slicing

Red

Carbon

Slicing

Black

Cherry Cascade

Cherry

Red

Cuban Yellow Grape Cherry

Yellow

Dixie Red Hybrid

Slicing

Red

Fireworks

Slicing

Red

Genuwine Hybrid

Beefsteak

Red

Homestead

Slicing

Red

Health Kick Hybrid

Beefsteak

Red

Husky Red

Cherry

Red

Kellogg’s Breakfast

Beefsteak

Orange

Mortgage Lifter

Beefsteak

Pink/red

Margherita Hybrid

Plum

Red

Marvel Stripe

Beefsteak

Yellow

Patio Hybrid

Slicing

Red

Paul Robeson

Beefsteak

Maroon

Russian Rose

Beefsteak

Rose

Rutger’s Select

Slicing

Red

Sungold Hybrid

Cherry

Orange


ASK DOC ROCK Q: Where should I grow tomato plants and how do I maintain them for the best results? A: Tomatoes require plenty of sunshine, well-drained soil and regular watering for peak performance. We also recommend planting your tomatoes in container gardens with nutrient-rich potting soil. While you can plant them directly in your garden, the biggest challenge will be keeping the nematodes away from the roots. Nematodes are microscopic worms that feed on the root system and cause your plants to whither away. Potted gardens keep these pests at bay. Once planted, stake your tomatoes with wooden stakes so their vines are trained to grow upright. A tomato cage can be used for the same effect. The tastiest tomatoes are those that are ripened on the vine before they are plucked. Let them grow until they are a blushing red. If your goal is to harvest weekly fruit, a good rule of thumb is to plant 2-3 plants for a family of four. Bon appetite!


G A R DEN BOUTIQ U E

The Bunny Trail All paths lead to Rock City’s Garden Boutique this Easter season where you can fill your basket full of exciting new delights. Our “party chicks” and piglets with bunny ears are absolutely adorable. Moss covered animals and eggs are a natural for your springtime Easter décor.

Blessed Blooms Don’t miss our newest addition – the blessing flower. Chokers and charm necklaces are inscribed with ‘love,’ ‘faith’ and ‘blessed.’ Each blessing flower opens up when you place a drop of water upon the bloom. See how it works here.


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Nature abuzz along Rock City's garden paths

How Does Your Garden Grow? We hope you enjoy the Easter season with family and friends. For an inspirational experience, take a stroll along our garden paths and witness the miracles of nature occurring within our garden gates every day. Happy Easter from all of us at Rock City Gardens!

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Early Bloomer :: March 2018  
Early Bloomer :: March 2018