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Garclen & Farm 24 TUESDAY, MAY 20 - THURSDAY, MAY 22, 2014 Cape Gazette Spring weather and supporters bolster garden walk DENY HOWETH PHOTOS TIlE DELAWARE BOTANIC Gardens Board of Directors invited supporters to the Open the Garden Gates reception at Mill Pond May 8 with President Michael Zajic and Elisabeth Zajic for a Garden Walk and Wine & Cheese Re- ception. Silent auction items were offered as well as a stroll through a fresh- ly bloomed garden. Corporate partners of Delaware Botanic Gardens gather at the reception (I-r) Katherine Davidson; Mark H. Davidson, associate vice president, Penno- ni Associates Inc.; Elisabeth Zajic; Michael Zajic, president, DBG; Lori Dinger; and Dennis J. Dinger, president, George & Lynch. The pondside home and garden of the Zajics. r George Robbins and George Bass stroll through the Zajics' garden. Delaware Botanic Gardens Board of Directors and associates from the engi- neer of record from Pennoni Associates gather together. In back are (I-r) Bet- ty Deacon; Gregg Tepper; Nelson J. Shaffer, executive vice president, Penno- ni Associates Inc.; Michael Zajic, president, Delaware Botanic Gardens; and Mark Davidson, associate vice president, Pennoni Associates Inc. In front are Ptery Iris; Susan Ryan; Sheryl J. Swed, vice president, DBG; Raymond J. Sand- er; and David Green. Don and Kristine Duran enjoy the freshly bloomed garden. View more photos: )) Indigo Rose tomal,)es keep growing all season eans got their name from the French word for Genoa, Italy, because jeans were made of cloth from Genoa. Blue jeans got their blue from the dye plant indigo. And indigo was simply Greek for "blue dye from India." And all of this blue dye can give you the blues, but for the gardener, blue is good. Blue foods typically are high in anthocyanins, and anthocya- nins have been linked to cancer prevention by combating free  called Indigo Rose. Grow Indigo Rose tomatoes Wolcott, VT 05680; online at radical activity in the body. Indigo Rose (Lycopersicon in a sunny spot in the garden,, They may help fight chronic inflammation, which is linked to everything from heart disease and arthritis to Alzheimer's disease, because anthocyanins increase blood sugar metabo- lism and help control blood sugar levels. Anthocyanins have been linked to allergy relief, im- proved vision, weight loss, heart health and attacks by unicorns. OK, not everything, but as a naturally occurring chemical in dark fruits such as blueberries, anothocyanins seem to be a good thing. Now there is a tomato spe- cially bred by Dr. Jim Myers at Oregon State University. He used wild tomatoes from Peru and the Galapagos Islands to breed a dark purple tomato esculentum) produces small saladette tomatoes just one to two ounces big, which turn a deep purple when exposed to sunlight. The trick is to let the toma- toes ripen fully. The area away from the sun will ripen from green to dark red. These charming small to- matoes have a flavor similar to plums or fruit. They grow on compact indeterminate plants. Indeterminate tomato plants keep growing all season, so you will get crops right up until frost. The strong plants are resis- tant to blight and fungal dis- eases. Indigo Rose tomatoes are a natural for salads, snacking and even crushed into a stun- ning tomato sauce. They need at least eight hours of sun to produce well. Toma- toes prefer a soil pH close to 6.0 to 6.8. Since pH 7.0 is neutral, toma- toes, like most garden plants, prefer just lightly acidic soil. Avoid planting tomatoes in the same spot that you have grown any member of the tomato fam- ily, such as peppers, potatoes or eggplant. Dig the soil down six to eight inches deep. Add extra organic matter like compost. A plastic mulch will heat up the soil and keep down weeds. You can sow tomato seeds directly in the garden, but for quicker results, most garden- ers set out transplants. Seeds are available from High Mow- ing Seeds (76 Quarry Road, Johnny's Seeds (877-564-6697; online at www.johnnyseeds. com), or Totally Tomatoes (334 W. Stroud St., Randolph, WI 53956; 800-345-5977). Ask for Indigo Rose tomato plants by name at local nurs- eries and garden centers. Or you can order from mail-order nurseries. White Flower Farm even has Indigo Rose tomatoes that are grafted onto disease-resistant rootstock. Grow some dark purple Indigo Rose tomatoes for their healthy dose of anthocyanins or just for their stunning color. Indigo Rose could be the blue chip investment your garden needs. They are a blueprint for the perfect blue vegetable to go with blue jeans.