There were so many resource links on this page I was not able to
research all of them.
SBE''s Seed Search Form
Another nice listing of resources
These people in Oregon clearly list Stevia Seeds for sale in their
catalog they send by mail. However, if you don't live on the west
coast, orders under $30 require a $9 shipping and handling charge. The
cost of shipping and handling increases with the size of the order.
These people in CT are offering a 30 page booklet on growing and
propagating Stevia along with 1,000 Stevia seeds for $25.
STEVIA Plant Page
These people are admitting the difficulty in growing Stevia from seed.
But, are they selling one plant for $7.50?
HOMEMADE WOOD PRESERVER
Date: Sat, Feb 6, 1999, 10:34pm (CST+2) From: Dilip Barman
<barman@CS.UNC.EDU> Subject: Homemade wood preserver
I finally came up with something I really liked on the web, thanks to
Susan (firstname.lastname@example.org) on rec.gardens-edible. Apparently, the USDA
Forest Products Lab does this and it protects wood for 20 years! Here's
Buy a gallon of solvent (I used pure mineral spirits - but you can also
use turpentine or paint thinner). I then took two 6 ounce clean yogurt
containers and poured out and reseved 1 1/2 cups (12 ounces). The rest
(1 gallon less 1 1/2 cups) I put into a paint bucket. Put the 1 1/2 cups
reserved back into the can and close. I then took boiled linseed oil
and poured it into the two yogurt containers, thus measuring 1 1/2 cups.
(Alternatively, the recipe says you can use 3 cups of exterior varnish.)
Keep this 1 1/2 cups of linseed oil handy.
I then took a clean empty small tin can and put 1 ounce of paraffin wax
into it. I put the can into a pan of boiling water and let the wax melt.
Once melted, I took the wax outside where all the other reagents were
ready. I started stirring the mineral spirits then slowly (but not too
slowly - you don't want the wax to solidify!) poured in the liquid wax,
continually stirring. Finally, I added the 2 yogurt containers of (1 1/2
cups) linseed oil.
This was the consistency of water, and I just brushed it on the cedar
liberally. I have done a coat and a half, and will make it at least 2
coats totally. This should be a real boon because linseed oil repels
water and has fungicidal properties. The wax should also help to keep
water away from the wood.
I was going to next staple 6 mil thick clear plastic inside the full
bed, but Moira and Tony, as well as Brodie, all OGL "all stars" :-),
have warned against it. My rationale was it would keep the soil away
from the wood, but our friends have advised that the plastic over the
years will break into pieces (even 6mil? That is surprising!) that will
contaminate the soil. Thanks for all your suggestions!
Dilip Dilip Barman
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