Zero calories. Zero carbohydrates. Non-glycemic. An all natural sweetener that is 300 times sweeter than sugar. Meet stevia.The wonderful stevia plant. You buy this sweetener typically in liquid form for a price. Or you can grow your own plants very cheaply. Then crush the leaves to sweeten your teas, coffee, sorbets, yogurts, salad dressings and fruit. Ideal for diabetics and dieters alike, it's not metabolized by the body. You can even substitute some of the sugar (not all) you use for baking. Stevia is a tender perennial herb that prefers USDA growing zones 9-11. But since we grow it here in Buffalo, NY...anything is possible. And it's thriving and happy as shown above. A little goes a long way. Just one plant yields approximately 1/2 pound of dried leaves. And stevia can be grown year-round in indoor pots. So even if you live in a cooler climate, you can do this too. Let's get growing!
Raise Your Garden can't partner with all companies. Both the product and the people must be stellar or we can't recommend them to you! So it's with the greatest pleasure that I am introducing Black Canyon Woodworks to you. I honestly don't know which I like better, the artisan cutting boards, butcher blocks and platters they make or the folks who are the backbone of this company. This is a family-run business run by real people who work hard just like you and me. So go ahead and earn as many entries as you can to win this board because it's superb. You will not be able to wipe the smile off your face when you open the box. I hope it's you! Enter the contest by telling us in the comment section of this post what wood board you'd choose from BCW if you win. Need ideas to see how you can customize and design your own board? Go to their website for inspiration. And keep reading to learn how to make the perfect appetizer tray on your new board. Approximate value $200.
How many unfinished projects do you have going on? My goal is to finish what I start, not taking on more than I can handle. So it's back to the herbs I've been drying in brown paper bags. I'm way past my two week goal and they're ready to be stored. Even used! There's no doubt fresh is best, but sometimes it's okay to dry them for future use and to save yourself a few dollars. Besides, who knows how long they've been sitting on the grocery store shelf? You can buy them from the dollar store, but then again, you get what you pay for. So below I've outlined the best practices for storing herbs so that you can enjoy your garden a little longer. And have you ever wondered what's the difference between herbs and spices?
Hi, I'm Laura and hail from Western New York. I consider myself a lifelong learner who loves gardening with a 360 degree view. Thanks for stopping by!
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