Square Foot Gardening Forum

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by yolos Today at 4:06 pm

» How much to plant?
by trolleydriver Today at 2:48 pm

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing January 2017
by countrynaturals Today at 2:24 pm

» January: What to plant in Northern California and Central Valley areas
by countrynaturals Today at 2:22 pm

» 2017 SFG Adventures in Hampstead, NC
by sanderson Today at 2:06 pm

» Feedback for my 2017 garden plan
by sanderson Today at 2:00 pm

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by countrynaturals Today at 1:49 pm

» Gardening Australia
by trolleydriver Today at 1:34 pm

» Show us your kitchen compost container
by CapeCoddess Today at 1:23 pm

» Winter Sowing vs. Winter Growing
by sanderson Today at 12:45 pm

» Turan in the Western Mountains
by sanderson Today at 12:44 pm

» Some of our Gluten-free Cajun Recipes
by sanderson Today at 12:34 pm

» Crop rotation
by sanderson Today at 12:02 pm

» Creamy Basil Pesto
by sanderson Today at 11:46 am

» Daikon radishes?
by countrynaturals Today at 11:07 am

» Butterfly Junction
by countrynaturals Today at 11:02 am

» Zera (TM) Food Recycler - kitchen composting
by BeetlesPerSqFt Today at 10:40 am

» CHALLENGE - Smallest possible footprint
by sfg4uKim Today at 8:48 am

» Happy Birthday!!
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 11:37 pm

» N & C Midwest: January 2017!
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 11:35 pm

» Friday Rookie Topic X: Marigolds
by MeghanSTL Yesterday at 9:12 pm

» Winter Rye Grass
by camprn Yesterday at 6:31 pm

» Crop Rotation Involving Nightshades
by Turan Yesterday at 4:23 pm

» Sad News from Jimmy Cee
by Turan Yesterday at 1:04 pm

» Hola from Southern Ecuador
by Cats Yesterday at 11:51 am

» Cover Crops??
by camprn Yesterday at 11:20 am

» Anyone want walking onions??
by RoOsTeR Yesterday at 7:43 am

» My rapini is scaring me
by Scorpio Rising 1/15/2017, 10:42 pm

» who has chickens
by countrynaturals 1/15/2017, 9:05 pm

» "Virtual" Roadtrip of the Desert and Old West
by countrynaturals 1/15/2017, 11:39 am

Google

Search SFG Forum

Stevia

Page 3 of 4 Previous  1, 2, 3, 4  Next

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Re: Stevia

Post  sanderson on 8/28/2015, 3:46 am

I drink ice tea and ice water since I gave up diet coke so I will try it in the tea. Now I have to read Stevia for Dummies.

____________________________

Find more about Weather in Fresno, CA
Click for weather forecast

sanderson

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 12635
Join date : 2013-04-21
Age : 68
Location : Fresno CA Zone 8-9

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Stevia

Post  Marc Iverson on 8/28/2015, 4:19 am

Holy cow, there is actually and actually a call for a book like that??? I've stepped into something bigger than usual.

Marc Iverson

Male Posts : 3636
Join date : 2013-07-05
Age : 55
Location : SW Oregon

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Stevia

Post  sanderson on 8/28/2015, 4:26 am

Razz

____________________________

Find more about Weather in Fresno, CA
Click for weather forecast

sanderson

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 12635
Join date : 2013-04-21
Age : 68
Location : Fresno CA Zone 8-9

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Stevia

Post  AtlantaMarie on 8/28/2015, 8:27 am

I grew stevia a couple of years ago.  I dried the leaves & now use them in my herbal tea.  I just crush them with the tea leaves.

AtlantaMarie

Certified SFG Instructor

Female Posts : 3906
Join date : 2014-03-18
Age : 53
Location : Buford, GA - Zones 7B/8A

View user profile http://www.defensivespecialties.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Stevia

Post  Marc Iverson on 8/28/2015, 2:08 pm

Why did you stop growing it?

Marc Iverson

Male Posts : 3636
Join date : 2013-07-05
Age : 55
Location : SW Oregon

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Stevia

Post  sanderson on 8/28/2015, 4:15 pm

Marc,  Just guessing, but maybe she had enough leaves for a while??? My coriander seed harvest was so big that I may have a life time supply. Next year I will grow lots of slow bolt cilantro.

____________________________

Find more about Weather in Fresno, CA
Click for weather forecast

sanderson

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 12635
Join date : 2013-04-21
Age : 68
Location : Fresno CA Zone 8-9

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Stevia

Post  Scorpio Rising on 8/28/2015, 5:38 pm

Does it have a licorice taste at all?

Scorpio Rising

Female Posts : 4009
Join date : 2015-06-12
Age : 55
Location : Ada, Ohio

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Stevia

Post  sanderson on 8/28/2015, 5:56 pm

Zero. I do not like licorice.

____________________________

Find more about Weather in Fresno, CA
Click for weather forecast

sanderson

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 12635
Join date : 2013-04-21
Age : 68
Location : Fresno CA Zone 8-9

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Stevia

Post  Scorpio Rising on 8/28/2015, 6:09 pm

Good, me neither, someone at work told me that which kinda ruined the whole "stevia" idea for me. Should have done my own taste test.

Scorpio Rising

Female Posts : 4009
Join date : 2015-06-12
Age : 55
Location : Ada, Ohio

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Stevia

Post  sanderson on 8/28/2015, 6:23 pm

If a local nursery carries them, covertly break off a leaf and try it. I slowly chewed it until the sweetness was released. Now you have me worried that my taste buds are off! Very Happy

____________________________

Find more about Weather in Fresno, CA
Click for weather forecast

sanderson

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 12635
Join date : 2013-04-21
Age : 68
Location : Fresno CA Zone 8-9

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Stevia

Post  mollyhespra on 8/28/2015, 9:06 pm

No, your taste buds aren't off, Sanderson.  No licorice flavor at all.  Some processed powdered Stevia has an aftertaste but even then, it would never occur to me to compare it to licorice.  (Yuck.  I don't like licorice at all, either.)

mollyhespra

Female Posts : 807
Join date : 2012-09-21
Age : 51
Location : Waaaay upstate, NH (zone 4)

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Stevia

Post  Scorpio Rising on 8/28/2015, 10:17 pm

Good! Very Happy

Scorpio Rising

Female Posts : 4009
Join date : 2015-06-12
Age : 55
Location : Ada, Ohio

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Stevia

Post  AtlantaMarie on 8/29/2015, 8:28 am

@Marc Iverson wrote:Why did you stop growing it?
Sanderson's right.  I have enough for a while!

Sorry it took so long to respond.  Been a busy week!

AtlantaMarie

Certified SFG Instructor

Female Posts : 3906
Join date : 2014-03-18
Age : 53
Location : Buford, GA - Zones 7B/8A

View user profile http://www.defensivespecialties.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Stevia

Post  CapeCoddess on 8/29/2015, 10:14 am

@sanderson wrote:I bought a Sweet Maya stevia plant at OSH today.  The leaves are sweet!  I had 2 employees break off a leaf and I swear, they were afraid to eat it like they were being poisoned!  But, then, they were so surprised that they liked it!!  I think I am in love. I love you

Congrats!  Ditto on being in love!  Don't be afraid to cut it back.  Will it be a year round outdoor plant in your area?  It's a year round houseplant in mine.

I have so many leaves drying and fresh right now that I'm making vodka extract for the first time ever today using the homestead link that Molly gave us earlier.
http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2014/08/homemade-stevia-extract.html
I'll let you know how it turns out.
What a Face
My neighbor just brought over some vodka and asked if I could use a neglected bottle of gin to make extract. Any one know the answer?
CC

CapeCoddess

Posts : 5436
Join date : 2012-05-20
Age : 60
Location : elbow of the Cape, MA, Zone 6b/7a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Stevia

Post  AtlantaMarie on 9/30/2015, 10:18 pm

Came across this article about stevia on FB this evening & was asked to share it.



http://www.going2natural.com/home-2/how-to-make-your-own-stevia/

AtlantaMarie

Certified SFG Instructor

Female Posts : 3906
Join date : 2014-03-18
Age : 53
Location : Buford, GA - Zones 7B/8A

View user profile http://www.defensivespecialties.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Stevia

Post  walshevak on 10/1/2015, 5:06 am

I saw that too and wondered about shelf life.  I've seen other methods that include vodka or grain alcohol.  

Any comments?

Kay

____________________________

A WEED IS A FLOWER GROWING IN THE WRONG PLACE
Elizabeth City, NC
Find more about Weather in Elizabeth City, NC
Click for weather forecast

walshevak

Certified SFG Instructor

Female Posts : 4324
Join date : 2010-10-17
Age : 74
Location : wilmington, nc zone 8

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Stevia

Post  AtlantaMarie on 10/1/2015, 8:57 am

Well, it's over a year old now & still tastes fine.  The leaves are nice & crunchy and flavor my tea the way I like.

I have found for dehydrated herbs (and everything else, for that matter), it's best to store in jars (or seal-a-meal bags) and use the seal-a-meal to take out the air.  They last much longer that way.  I put the herbs in jars so that they don't get crushed in the bags...

AtlantaMarie

Certified SFG Instructor

Female Posts : 3906
Join date : 2014-03-18
Age : 53
Location : Buford, GA - Zones 7B/8A

View user profile http://www.defensivespecialties.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Stevia

Post  CapeCoddess on 10/1/2015, 12:58 pm

Good article! I made liquid stevia using both vodka and water. I can say hands down that I like the water best. The vodka extract was actually kind of gross even though I cooked it long enough to remove the alcohol and reduce it down.

CC

CapeCoddess

Posts : 5436
Join date : 2012-05-20
Age : 60
Location : elbow of the Cape, MA, Zone 6b/7a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Stevia

Post  sanderson on 10/1/2015, 1:01 pm

I wonder if my lone stevia can over winter in my region? Does anyone know? Otherwise, I should pick and dry like in the article. Thanks, Marie.

____________________________

Find more about Weather in Fresno, CA
Click for weather forecast

sanderson

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 12635
Join date : 2013-04-21
Age : 68
Location : Fresno CA Zone 8-9

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Stevia

Post  CapeCoddess on 10/1/2015, 1:06 pm

Sanderson, I just read this on a seed sellers website:
Not winter-hardy, except in zones 8-10.

Guess you could try it. I have mine in a pot and it's pretty much a house plant.

CapeCoddess

Posts : 5436
Join date : 2012-05-20
Age : 60
Location : elbow of the Cape, MA, Zone 6b/7a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Stevia

Post  sanderson on 10/1/2015, 1:59 pm

CC, Thank you. Worth a try this winter.

____________________________

Find more about Weather in Fresno, CA
Click for weather forecast

sanderson

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 12635
Join date : 2013-04-21
Age : 68
Location : Fresno CA Zone 8-9

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Stevia

Post  AtlantaMarie on 10/2/2015, 6:27 am

It definitely does NOT overwinter in 7b/8a!

AtlantaMarie

Certified SFG Instructor

Female Posts : 3906
Join date : 2014-03-18
Age : 53
Location : Buford, GA - Zones 7B/8A

View user profile http://www.defensivespecialties.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Stevia

Post  CapeCoddess on 3/4/2016, 3:48 pm

Hard cut stevia is coming back for the ....I dunno...6th year?

Stevia loves spring!

The cuttings are hanging up and used in smoothies.
CC

CapeCoddess

Posts : 5436
Join date : 2012-05-20
Age : 60
Location : elbow of the Cape, MA, Zone 6b/7a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Stevia

Post  AtlantaMarie on 3/4/2016, 4:02 pm

Wow! I am SO jealous! (But I still have quite a bit from 2014 that I dried.)

AtlantaMarie

Certified SFG Instructor

Female Posts : 3906
Join date : 2014-03-18
Age : 53
Location : Buford, GA - Zones 7B/8A

View user profile http://www.defensivespecialties.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Stevia

Post  sanderson on 3/4/2016, 6:07 pm

Wow! Now I'm hopeful I can keep mine going. I bought it in the fall and it is still alive without winter protection.

____________________________

Find more about Weather in Fresno, CA
Click for weather forecast

sanderson

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 12635
Join date : 2013-04-21
Age : 68
Location : Fresno CA Zone 8-9

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Stevia

Post  Sponsored content Today at 4:26 pm


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

Page 3 of 4 Previous  1, 2, 3, 4  Next

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum