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Garden and all around meanderings on a cold, snowy Sunday morning.Posted Sunday, December 12, 2010, at 9:10 AM
As I start this, I can't help but smile remembering a comment given in a not too distant blog. They wrote to find out how to get a blog on here, because they surely could write more interesting stuff than I was writing. Lucky for me, blogs are not always expected to be serious, argumentative, or shocking. Well, at least for most.
So, here is a pre-emptive comment. If you are looking for any of the above, serious might be the only thing found in here (sometimes serious, anyway).
I have been saving up some thoughts for a while and that usually means that I've lost a lot of them in the depths of my mind, but a cold snowy day seems like a good time to do some writing. Yesterday was filled with harvesting firewood from a friend's fields and getting ready for the next cold blast, that is now here.
As many a garden enthusiast is now doing, I am reading my seed catalogs in earnest and while I usually blast through them pretty fast, this year's "Pinetree Gardens Seeds", www.superseeds.com slowed me down.
Shoot, I was ¾ through one catalog and so amazed that they had such a large selection of tomatoes that I FINALLY look at the front cover to see that it was "Totally Tomatoes". Duh, what a surprise! www.totallytomato.com
Anyway, back to the little "finds" I came across. Last Moon Pie Day I picked up one of the last Stevia plants from a local vendor. It was a little scraggly but surely I could baby it a little and overwinter it. Wrong! Not sure why or what went wrong but it 'died on the vine'.
So, when I saw Stevia seeds in the herb section, I knew they had a sale. Of course, to justify the purchase you have to get more, so I looked closer and was rewarded with a few other choices.
For those who are not acquainted with Stevia, it is a tender perennial but for most of us it is best to plan on it as an annual. (I will try to make it a perennial this next year, but....)
But why do I want it? The claims are that the leaves are 200-300 times sweeter than sugar and supposedly no (as in 0) calories. Man, just sprinkle some leaves in with your tea and whammo, instant sweet tea with no calories!
Do I believe it? I will let you know, but here is a link to find out more www.stevia.com. Go to their FAQ (frequently Asked Questions) for some interesting reading.
From the short time I had the plant I have to say the leaves are sweet. I was more interested in trying to grow it, so I did not munch down on a lot of them, but it showed promise.
There is a lot more bouncing around in my head, but post that is too long is often ignored and I don't want to give everyone too much chance to do that.
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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter and live on a farm outside of Bell Buckle. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.
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