16/10/17 Dainty tiny white flowers on a Stevia or sweetleaf plant. A herb widely used today as a healthier alternative food sweetener (up to 150 times the sweetness of sugar), Stevia works as a sugar substitute because of steviol glycoside compounds that activates our tongue's sweet taste receptors. Tasted a leaf to make sure this was the right plant before salvaging a stem cutting, and have a plant growing in the backyard garden now. Going to try sweetening teas soon.
My littlest and I opening some rocket/arugula seed pods. Saving seeds is a relatively new thing for me, as I started perhaps a couple of years ago, and I'm still learning how particular plants produce seeds and the best way to collect and store them. My mum told me that when she was younger, my grandparents had a large veggie patch and having so many in the family, they would tie a ribbon on the fruit or veg on each plant that they were leaving to go to seed. That way everyone knew not to pick anything with a ribbon on it. Information back then was passed generation from generation and I love that. I often ask my mum about seed saving and I hope my children will then learn it from me to pass onto their children.
I set out with the plan to train the long wispy berry stems back into shape on the berry arbour, but in actual fact I am just standing here eating them ......oh well there is always tomorrow. Berry season is here and they are just too hard to resist.