Sweet Sweet Stevia

Stevia re-emerging from the roots in early spring

Three years ago I planted some stevia seeds in starter cups, and later transferred them to a raised bed with artichokes and asparagus; all three are perennials. I love perennials. Probably because I’m lazy. I don’t have to do anything but cover the roots with compost in the winter time, and year after year they just show themselves in spring. Now just pushing up little leaves close to the ground, they will grow to about five feet this summer, with stalks that get about an inch thick at the base.Situated close to the parking pad by the kitchen, my boys can’t resist walking by the plant without pulling off fresh leaves and eating them. They make a great breath freshener, like chewing on a mint leaf except it is sweet.

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