Seasonal Tips and Needs
Love Your Garden Love Your Garden Spring 2014 Special Points of Interest: Tea with Stevia Water Mulch Walk in the spring 2014March 23, 2014 at 12:45pmLove Your Garden Spring 2014
Special Points of Interest:
Tea with Stevia
Walk in the park...visit Al’s Bonsai. Al’s Bonsai: Open daily 8am– sunset.
Now commonly available, Stevia (Stevia rebaudiana) aka sweet leaf, has earned a place in our nations herb gardens. It has a unique and intensely sweet flavor, 200-300 times sweeter than sugar and contains no calories. It’s often used to sweeten herbal tea. Add a couple of leaves to your cup, or steep a quarter cup of powder in a cup of room temperature water for 24 hours, mellowing the flavor. Then store the liquid in the fridge to be used as needed. As a tender perennial it can be brought inside for the winter and will survive as a houseplant if kept in a sunny place. You might also leave it outside until it dies back and then put it in a cool garage where it will stay dormant for the winter. It can be grown from cuttings fairly easily, or divide the plants in spring when they first start to emerge. These break up into separate plants very easily and grow quite rapidly. To use stevia in baking you simply dry the leaves and crush them into a powder. A large tablespoon of powder is equal to a cup of sugar.
Roll a leaf of stevia in a couple leaves of spearmint to make a natural candy. It is delightfully fresh.
Water. It is more precious now than ever. Use it wisely.
- Keeping it alive. Lawns only need water every five to seven days in the summer, and every 10 to 14 days in the winter. A heavy rain eliminates the need for watering for an additional two weeks.
- Raise the lawn mower blade to at least three inches, or to its highest level. A higher cut encourages grass roots to grow deeper, shades the root system, and holds soil moisture.
- In ground perennials: deep soak about every ten days, to encourage deep roots and remain moist. (Frequent shallow watering builds up soil salt which are not being flushed by deep watering.) Potted plants require more frequent watering.
TUD Outside watering parameters: Property Address ending with an
*Even Number: Water on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
*Odd Number: Water on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Individual plants or trees can be watered between 7pm and 10am, using buckets or irrigation drip systems only.
Update: No watering lawns allowed.