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.