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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Growing Sugar for the Garden: Yeah! Really! Stevia! I hope!

I challenged new gardeners and old gardeners... I found Stevia. Something I have never grown. It is the NON artificial sweetener you see on television.  It is suppose to be 30x sweeter than sugar. One plant is suppose to give 1/2 pound of dried leaves. It is an annual plant and it cost $2.49 for something like 12 seeds.

I figured... I need to grow my own sweetener. The first use that came to mind was sweetening my spaghetti sauces. The Stevia along with the other herbs and perennials pictured below will go into a seed tray either tonight or tomorrow. I really recommend starting some seeds if you have never done it.


Stevia Herb a Garden Sweetener: Gary Pilarchik
Other Herbs and Flowers for the Grow Lights: Gary Pilarchik