Archive for the ‘Varieties’ category

Stevia – Zero Calorie Sweetener that you can Grow

March 14th, 2009

Stevia (stevia rebaudiana) is a new world herb that you might have only recently heard of.  Stevia leaves – while having zero calories – are claimed to be 30 times sweeter than sugar, and in fact one of the common names is “candy leaf” – the extract is supposedly 300 times sweeter than sugar!  Stevia is also reputed to have several health benefits including the  prevention of tooth decay and diabetes.  I don’t know about that, but I would guess that using less sugar probably would have those effects.

Is the idea of growing your own natural organic zero calorie sweetener intriguing to you? » Read more: Stevia – Zero Calorie Sweetener that you can Grow

Free Seeds for Life

January 2nd, 2009
Many seeds such as this basil can be easily saved from year to year.

Many seeds such as this basil can be easily saved from year to year.

Winter is a great time to sit down with a nice warm beverage and a seed catalog to plan your garden for next Spring.  Unfortunately sticker shock usually strikes when you start tallying up everything that you would like to grow.  But it doesn’t have to be like that. » Read more: Free Seeds for Life

Tomato Varieties – Mr. Stripey, Brandywine, Celebrity, Juliet

October 19th, 2007

I grew 3 tomato varieties this season one hybrid and two open pollinated heirloom varieties. This summer was very hot and dry in my area of middle Tennessee, and was not particularly good for tomatoes, but the stressful weather does tend to highlight the hardiness (or lack) of the varieties that one grows. » Read more: Tomato Varieties – Mr. Stripey, Brandywine, Celebrity, Juliet