Gardening Partners

of Dickson County

Basil Moments Brought to You by Gardening Partners

Gardening Partners has 15 varieties of Basil growing for Plant Sale 2018.

The varieties and their descriptions are listed below….we will add varieties to the list every few days, so check back for updates.

Sweet Basil Ocimum basilicum ~ A tender annual growing 24 to 30 inches tall, space 18 inches apart in full sun. Plant after all danger of frost has passed. Great for containers.  Sweet basil is probably the most common of the basils and is very popular in pesto, salads, and marinades. Sweet Basil is usually the one found in grocery stores.  Sweet Basil is a medium green color with a rounded cup-shaped leaf. Sweet Basil has been known to repel mosquitos.  One or two plants is usually enough for a family, but if you plan to make pesto, you’ll need more.  You can begin harvesting leaves when the plant reaches 6 to 8 inches tall. Harvest regularly to encourage growth.

Genovese Basil  ~  Genovese is the classic Italian basil with extra-large dark green crinkled leaves about 3 inches long. This Basil is tall (24 to 30 inches), slow to bolt, and another excellent basil to use in pestos and Italian dishes ~ especially insalata caprese. The leaves of Genovese are flatter than Sweet basil with a more pointed shape. Genovese is a cultivar of Sweet Basil and has a stronger more aromatic flavor with less tendency to become bitter after long periods of cooking.

Siam Queen ~ Thai Basil with strong clove-like flavor.  Leaves are medium green and up to 2 inches long with an intense licorice/basil aroma. It is an attractive garden plant with red purple flowers in clusters. Grows well in sun with average water needs – great for containers and good bolt resistance.  Spectacular grown in large groupings. Space plants 6 to 12 inches apart after frost danger has passed. Siam Queen grows 2 feet tall and can be harvested starting at 60 days.  Pick leaves in the early morning for best flavor – use fresh or freeze in plastic bags.  Dry by hanging bundles upside down in a dark room with good ventilation, then store in airtight jars. A staple in Thai and Vietnamese cuisine, it is also suited for stir-fries, curry and other regional dishes.

Basil Minette ~ a compact uniformly globe-shaped basil that keeps its shape all summer.  This variety grows to 10 inches high with small leaves only ½ inch long.  This basil loves hot weather and plenty of sun but needs uniform moisture.  Flavorful leaves can be used fresh or dried in tomato-based recipes, pasta sauces, vegetable dishes and soups.  Pinch off the flower buds if you plan to harvest the leaves for cooking. If freezing for later use, harvest the entire stem with the leaves still attached. Many garden uses as a companion plant, edging, miniature gardens or in containers.

Thai Sweet Basil ~ Thai Basil has smaller dark pointed leaves and has a spicy, licorice flavor. Used often in spicy Asian recipes, Thai Basil keeps its flavor at higher cooking temperatures as compared to other types of Basil.

Dark Opal Purple Basil grows 18 inches tall. A few plants (about 20%) will be variegated or green plants making for a nice color contrast in the garden.  Purple basils have a striking dark color and the flavor is not as sweet as other basils with a strong clove taste. Steeped in oil or vinegar, it brings a lovely color to recipes.  It has large leaves that average 1 to 2 when fully grown. Maturity in 80 days.

Lemon Basil grows 12 and 18 inches tall with lighter green leaves. Crushed leaves give off a strong lemony scent.  Use Lemon Basil in marinades for fish or poultry, on grilled vegetables, in desserts and even teas.

Lime Basil has a sweet and mild citrus flavor. The leaves are bright green with a narrow shape. Lime basil grows between 16 and 24 inches tall.  Pair with Lemon Basil for cooking in sauces, dessert dishes, and teas.

Lettuce Leaf Basil has a distinctive appearance with large wrinkled leaves which work salads and fresh dishes. The leaves of the lettuce basil are four inches wide and between six and ten inches long making it an excellent substitute in lettuce wraps. This is a mild flavored Italian Basil. The leaves may be large, but the plant is compact growing only a foot high. Slow to flower, it lasts a bit longer in the garden before bolting.

Cinnamon Basil is a spicy, fragrant variety of basil and a lovely addition to the herb garden. The stems are a red to purple color with pink flowers at maturity. Cinnamon Basil has a milder basil flavor and works well with fruit.  Also used in Asian cooking, marinades, fried rice, salads, and grilled vegetables.

Spicy Globe Basil ~ Spicy Globe is a dwarf basil variety with a strong, spicy flavor. Smaller leaves can be served whole in soup, salad, or pasta.  Sometimes called Spicy Bush Basil, it forms a clump when growing.  Good choice for container growing.

Marseille ~ a French heirloom Basil typically used in pistou, the Provençal version of pesto. Marseille is a dwarf compact 12 inch tall bush variety with large tender sweet leaves, strong basil flavor, excellent for pesto and seasoning.  Dries well.

Large Leaf Italian ~ Authentic Neapolitan Basil for Italian cuisine, use it fresh or dried. Medium to Large Leaves up to 4 inches long.  Very fragrant and prolific.  Repels aphids, mites and tomato hornworms in the garden. Sweeter than Genovese, use it for Italian recipes and to accent fish, poultry, rice, mild vegetables and salads, serve with fresh mozzarella or make Basil Vinegar.

Mrs, Burns’ Lemon Basil ~ an heirloom variety with bigger leaves than any other lemon basil, it has a delicious lemon scent. Robust plants grow 12 to 18 inches tall with small green leaves and white edible flowers. Dries very well.   Intense lemon flavor is popular with chefs to flavor seafood dishes and to make vinegars.

Dolce Vita Blend ~ a mix of basils, each plant may be of a different variety.

Dolce Fresca ~ New introduction Genovese style Basil.  2015 All-America Selections award winner.  Dark green glossy leaves great for pesto or caprese.  Sweet and fragrant compact plants grow 10 to 14 inches tall and spread 10 to 12 inches.  Continuous harvest until late season.

Sweet Dani Lemon Basil ~ An All-American Selection winner in 1998.  Citrusy, large-leaved, and fast growing – reaching over 2 feet in height. The leaves contain up to 75% more essential oils than other lemon basils.  Use in vinegars, fish dishes, salads, and teas.

Plan Your Gardens Now



All of these great tomato plants will be available at our Annual Sale on April 22nd.


1.        Beefsteak or Red Ponderosa…80 days.  Popular, time-tested and reliable.  A favorite of veteran gardeners who love its flattened, mild fruits weighing up to 2 lbs.  Nearly seedless, solid and meaty.  Some-what ribbed.  Indeterminate.

2.        Better Boy Hybrid…75 days.  America’s most popular hybrid tomato for generations won a Guinness Award for producing 342 lbs. of fruit from only one plant!  Boasts a distinct, always pleasing taste and bountiful, midseason-until-frost production of sandwich-sized slices.  Fruits weigh about a lb and are juicy but firm.  Good protection against the scalding sun.  Excellent disease-resistance and high adaptability.  Indeterminate.

3.       Big Beef Hybrid…73 days.  The highest rated tomato overall with the best combination of old-fashioned tomato flavor, modern-day growth habit and cutting-edge disease resistance.  Has remained near the top in popularity since winning AAS honors in 1994.  Uniform, large, globe-shaped fruits average 10-12 ounces, with smooth texture and firm flesh.  Superb disease resistance and tidy growth habit.  Indeterminate.

4.       Black Krim…80 days.  An unusual Russian heirloom featuring beefsteak-sized fruits weighing 10-12 oz. with unique colors of violet, brown and purple-red that turn almost black with sun and heat.  Rich, sweet, even salty flavor.  Heavy producer.  Indeterminate.

5.       Box Car Willie…80 days.  Consider this favorite for main-cropping due to its outstanding quality and exceptional yields.  Meaty, 8-12 oz., crack-resistant, bright red fruits with rich, full-bodied flavor are perfect for slicing, salads, sauces, pastes, canning and freezing.  Vigorous vines require support.  Indeterminate.

6.       Bradley …(Amish Heirloom) 80 days.  Mild tasting, good for canning, freezing, and slicing. Indeterminate.

7.       Brandywine …(Amish Heirloom) 90 days.  This is the heirloom tomato standard.  The large beefsteak-shaped fruits grow on unusually upright, potato leaved plants.  Brandywine’s qualities really shine as it develops an incredible fine, sweet flavor.  Good for canning and slicing.

8.       Cherokee Purple…80 days.  A Tennessee heirloom from the Cherokees.  Dusky, rose-brown fruits weigh 12-16 oz. with brick red interiors.  Sweet, tangy flavor.  Indeterminate

9.       Chocolate Cherry…70 days.  Unusually colored, deep, wine-red fruits boast a complex flavor profile in 1-inch round cherries.  Indeterminate plant produces trusses of 8 fruits that don’t crack and can be harvested early and allowed to ripen inside without sacrificing quality.  Suitable for home gardeners and market growers.

10.   Comstock Sauce & Slice…80-85 days.  Beautiful, meaty, deep-red, roma shaped fruits weigh up to 1 lb. and have very few seeds.  A dual-purpose variety excellent for canning, pastes, sauces and fresh eating.  Indeterminate.

11.   Cuore de Toro (or Bull’s Heart)…89 days.  A gigantic Italian ox-heart-type heirloom with abundant, deep pinkish-red fruits, 2 lbs. or more.  Measures at least 4 inches in diameter and offers lots of appealing, sweet flavor.  Indeterminate.

12.   Delicious …(Amish Heirloom) 85 Days.  Above average yields of 1-2 lbs. scarlet red, meaty, beefsteak tomatoes with complex, rich old-fashioned tomato flavor.  Canning and Slicing.  Delicious it is!

13.   German Johnson Pink…80 days.  The most highly treasured heirloom pink with its mild tomato flavor and superior yields.   Vigorous vines with potato leaf foliage yield 12-24 oz., pink-skinned, meaty fruits.  Indeterminate.

14.   Giant Belgium…86 days.  Massive fruits average 2 lbs., but have been reported at nearly 5 lbs.-a serious contender for “world’s largest tomato!”  Intense sweet flavor.  Meaty, dark, reddish-pink fruits have smooth blossom ends.  Indeterminate.

15.   Goliath Original Hybrid…70 days.  For productivity, combined with great taste and disease resistance, the Goliath is one of the greatest home-garden varieties yet bred.  Indeterminate.

16.   Indian River …(Amish Heirloom) 85 days.  Canning and Slicing tomato.  Medium fruit to 6 oz. Indeterminate.

17.   Jelly-Bean Red Hybrid…72 days.  Disease resistant.  This variety is able to adapt to almost any adverse growing condition.  Hardy plants bear clusters of up to 30 fruits that are grape-shaped, thin-skinned, brightly colored and weigh a bit less than an ounce.  Crack-resistant.  Indeterminate

18.   Jetsetter Hybrid…64 days.  This tomato delivers “real tomato” flavor in large 8 oz. fruits that are smooth and juicy with consistently huge yields and good disease resistance.  Indeterminate.

19.   Marianna’s Peace…80 days.  Features unbeatable tomato flavor-a perfect balance of acidity and sweetness.  Fruits are deep-pink, meaty and large, weighing 1 – 2 lbs.  Vines with potato-leafed foliage produce huge yields.  Indeterminate.

20.   Mortgage Lifter…80 days.  This famous classic maintains its widespread popularity due to its large, meaty, smooth, globe-shaped, rose-pink fruits.  Unusual, mildly sweet flavor.  Similar to Giant Belgium but slightly smaller.  Indeterminate.

21.   Mrs. Maxwell’s Big Italian Heirloom…69 days.  One of the earliest of the beefsteak types, producing one pound, reddish-pink fruits with remarkable flavor.  Equally good fresh, for sauces or canning.  Sturdy, potato-leaf indeterminate plants.

22.   Patio Hybrid FASt…70 days.  A favorite of container Gardeners, who appreciate its compact, 24” plants that produce abundant crops of tasty 3-4 oz., bright red fruits.  Attractive deep-green foliage accents any patio.  Needs at least a 12-inch wide container.  Determinate.

23.   Rutger’s… (Amish Heirloom) 73 days.  Highly productive.  The large red fruits have a thick flesh with superior flavor.  Prized for canning and slicing.  Disease resistant.  Seldom cracks.  Determinate.

24.   San Marzano…80 days.  More rectangular, slightly later, indeterminate version of Roma tomatoes.  Bright red, meaty, 3 ½” fruits with extra-high solids content.  Ideal for canning.

25.   Sugary Hybrid Cherry…60 days.  This AAS Award Winner features the sweetest flavor yet!  Vigorous plants laden with huge clusters of reddish-pink, grape-shaped, 2 oz., slightly pointed fruits that are super sweet and juicy.  Semi-determinate.

26.   Sun Gold Hybrid Cherry…57 days.  The standard of excellence for the sweetest, best-flavored cherry tomato.  Extra early, golden-orange, mouth-watering, super sweet fruits are about ½ to 1” across, thin-skinned, and juicy-sweet.  Indeterminate.

27.   Sun Sugar Hybrid…62 days.  Our sweetest golden cherry.  Attractive, golden-yellow color and its extraordinary sugar-sweet flavor make this one the perfect gourmet cherry tomato!  Thin-skinned, ½ ounce, crack-resistant fruits.  Indeterminate.

28.   Ultimate Opener Hybrid…57 days.  This tomato produces blemish-free fruits about 33% larger than Early Girl with marvelous flavor that’s sweet and juicy.  Strong, vigorous plants are capable of tremendous yields.  Strong disease resistance.  Indeterminate.

29.   Warrior Hybrid…71 days.  Resistant to nearly everything including yellow leaf curl.  Huge 12-14 oz., deep red, slightly ribbed fruits have fabulous flavor and are an ideal slicer.  Determinate.

30.   Wild Boar Series Pink Berkeley Tie-Dye…70 days.  Big Beefsteak fruits, deep wine-red with bright green stripes, weigh 10-12 oz. with a lovely sweet flavor.


“Determinate vs. Indeterminate”

Determinate tomatoes grow to a certain height and then stop, yielding their harvest over a short 4-6 week period.

Indeterminate  types grow and flower throughout the season, producing smaller harvests at any one time, but bearing over a much longer season.


Tomato Plants and Pepper Plants are NON-GMO




1.       Aristotle Bell Peppers…These huge bell peppers start out dark green before ripening fully to red.  Plants stay a fairly compact 20-24” tall while bearing 3-4 lobed fruit that are an enormous 5” tall and 4 ½” wide.  Plants are resistant to 3 races of bacterial leaf spot plus several pepper viruses.  Wonderful in salads, stir fries and ideal for stuffed peppers.

2.       Hybrid Blight Buster Bell Pepper…73 days.  The most disease-resistant variety ever!  Resistant to bacterial leaf spot races 1-5 and phytophtora blight.  Huge fruits ripen green to bright red.

3.       Farmore Jalapeno…1800-2500 on the Scoville Pepper Scale.  (mild hot pepper)

4.       Mammoth  Jalapeno…1000-5000 on the Scoville Pepper Scale. (medium hot pepper)  75 days.  A giant jalapeno, 1” x 4 ½”.  Peppers have a smooth skin and thick flesh, which makes them easier to stuff.  Or, use them in salsa, dips or other recipes as you would normal-sized jalapenos.  Plants are resistant to tobacco mosaic virus and potato virus Y.






Solar Viewing at the Plant Sale



Are you ready for the “once in a lifetime” total solar eclipse that will occur on Mon, August 21, 2017?  What is it, how/where to safely view it, and a chance to learn more about the sun.  

From 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM on Saturday, April 22 (WEATHER PERMITTING)

John Walker, a member of Barnard-Seyfert Astronomical Society in Nashville and Cumberland Astronomical Society in Gallatin, will have his solar telescope at the plant sale to look at the sun. He will also have pictures & information about the sun and the upcoming solar eclipse.

With the solar telescope, people can safely view the sun and possibly see sunspots, spicules, prominences, and other surface features.

So come out for a close-up look at your sun!

This Just In!!!

Just a few of the plants that will be available at the sale from Dot’s Herb Group.  They are already at 1,000+ pots and counting!

They also had help from the Bill  Bowker, Tom Powlas, & Bill Louis construction team. They deserve lots of thanks from us as well. They put up hoop houses with plastic sheeting over all the shelves and roofing panels on the sides to keep the plants alive in case of power outages. Thank goodness it hasn’t been needed yet.


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