The Nature Boy Show Gardening Guide
9. The Love Apple & Stevia

9. The Love Apple & Stevia

February 28, 2017

The Love Apple aka Pomodoro aka tomato

Native to central and south America. Brought by the Spaniards

Lycopersicum Esculentem.

Determinate tomatoes.. Grow to about 4’ tall When fruit sets at terminal tip, fruit all mature at same time and plant dies. Great for containers

Indeterminate.. Can grow to 12’ tall and continuously produce fruit until frost. Must be staked.

Dwarfs.. 16-18’ tall. Tiny Tim the most popular dwarf.


Lycopersicum Pimpinfolium….Red/yellow current tomato. Fruit pea sized. Indeterminate and very vigourous.


Heirloom/heritage tomato. Open pollinated, breed true when pollinated within itself.

Seeds saved over generations over decades. Stablility, taste, individuality


Hybrid tomatoes. Cross between 2 genetically different tomatoes. Bred for productivity, disease resistence, consistency, and longevity. Greenhouse production.  Less flavorfull


Stevia Rebaudiana.  Nature’s sweet secret.

A shrub native to Paraguay/Brazil

Grows 1-3 feet tall.

Used by the indigenous people (pre -columbian) as a natural sweetner.

First discovered????1887 Antonio Bertoni

Herb,10-15 times sweeter than sugar.

Extracts, steviosides 200-300 times sweeter than sugar.

Without effects of refined processed sugar.

After WW2 Japan began to study stevia, and began using in many commercially produced products in Japan

Leaves harvested pre-flowering for max sweetness.

8. Basil & Raised Bed Gardening

8. Basil & Raised Bed Gardening

February 21, 2017



Raised bed gardens


Elderly/handicapped raised gardens





Basil the herb of kings.




7. Valentine’s Day and Fertilizer

7. Valentine’s Day and Fertilizer

February 14, 2017

NPK chemical fertilizers


The biochemistry of N and P:

Nitrogen and phosphorus help form the basic building blocks of plant and animal cells.    Start with carbohydrates (C-H-O) and add nitrogen and you get things called nucleobases and nucleosides (C-H-O-N).   These provide some of the simple building blocks of larger protein chains.   They provide the 4-molecule alphabet of DNA and RNA: cytosine (C), adenine (A), guanine (G), and thymine (T). But with out another essential element, cells still can't create sentences with that alphabet.

Add some phosphorus, though, and suddenly you can produce nucleotides and the building blocks of life.   You get the fundamental units of biological energy systems, ADP and ATP.  Phosphorus helps broker fuel storage and delivery in plants or in animals.  It's also involved in larger protein molecules: RNA and DNA and the magic of life on this planet.


Organic fertilizers, compost/manure/comfrey tea's

Compost tea


Comfrey, Symphytum Officiale


6. Seedling Care and Sacred Tobacco

6. Seedling Care and Sacred Tobacco

February 7, 2017

Show Notes:

Seedling Care:


Sacred Tobacco:

Tobacco is a sacred plant esteemed by the Iroquois as one of the blessings bestowed upon them by the Creator. Smoking and burning it in the fire as a sacrifice offering is another form of pledging sincerity of mind and heart. There is scarcely a rite performed where tobacco is not burned. The sacred tobacco plant raised from seed handed down from the far off past.

"To replace what you have taken by making a tobacco offering is recognition or acknowledgment of the life you take"


Tobacco as a organic pesticide/insecticide



Ornamental Flowering Tobacco. Nicotiana.  Tubular flowers=Hummingbird magnet



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