These are growing fast
Get them rain barrels going!applestar wrote:I didn’t get the chance to check on the garden yesterday, but the milk cartons of corn had started to poke up on the patio table. We just had a bit of a storm pass through — about 1/4” rain according to official reports. More rain coming today. That should help — corn loves extra moisture.
Hopefully that will get them fully sprouted before we’re hit with the drop in temperature. I believe it’s cold soil before germinating that can spoil the corn seeds — once sprouted they can take a bit of cold.
I was at the bulk section in a garden/feed store. A lady beside me was bagging a lot of seed, of ... I don't member what. I remarked on it and she said she throws it over into the neighboring yard so the rabbits stay on that side of the fence.applestar wrote:.... there was a BIG RABBIT sitting in the corn! ......
My DD was willing to go out and chase it off. She saw it go under our big boundary fence to the neighbor’s side yard. ugh!
…I had the opportunity to review the instruction sheet, and realized I could be using mine in a different wayapplestar wrote:...Use a siphon mixer/injector
— this is the kind I have, most often seen I think?
How Hozon™ Brass Siphon Mixers Work
I planted the seedbomb ...I had to re-think my plans and gave it a small space within the rabbit-fenced veg garden since I keep seeing rabbits in the back yard inside the perimeter picket fence/gate.applestar wrote:My SIL gave me a 1.5” cube box:
I recognized “seedbomb” so knew what to expect to find inside, but it was still kind of fun to see a single dry ball of clay, about the size of a large marble of average/small gumball.
I have so far gathered that it is a seedbomb of wildflowers... probably European native. I’m going to set aside a small flowerbed for it and lay the seedbomb in the center — maybe casually toss it in for full effect.
...I hope to identify the flowers as they grow...
applestar wrote:According to my “seasonal container plants lowest temperature notes”, Stevia is roughly hardy to usda zone 9 (20) ~ 11 (40). Number in parenthesis is minimum winter temperature in °F. That means Stevia seeds would normally withstand winter frost and probably require certain amount of cold period (stratification) for optimum germination. In other words, the light frost shouldn’t be harmful and might even be beneficial.
Don’t expect the seeds to sprout until it gets warmer though, since the plant itself is frost-killed. Once mature, established roots/crown will survive the cold and new growth will start from soil-level in spring. My notes reminds me to bring in Stevia above 45°F (Don’t leave/put outside).
That said, Stevia is notoriously difficult to germinate, or so I’ve heard. My attempts to grow from my own saved fresh seeds have not been successful, and like most this type of seeds (seed with a puff/tuft of the end ... like lettuce seeds) they don’t remain viable for very long.
Also, FYI, I have heard that levels of sweetness and characteristic bitterness is variable, so it’s best to obtain cutting grown clone of known/best flavor plants. I didn’t do that but did buy my first plant from a reputable nursery, and have been growing backup cutting-grown plants ever since. There are also some that say sweetness depends on how you process the harvested plant material.
Overall, I find it easiest to use Stevia leaves by drying and adding to looseleaf herbal tea blends. It add’s just that touch of sweetness that is pleasant on first sip.SQWIB wrote:I stopped growing Stevia as I was not using it.