Is your garden overflowing with extra flowers? Is it fuller than a 4th of July party after a year of quarantine? A great way to get more space in your garden is to dig up the bulbs and split them. They can make great gifts. It can save you expenses on increasing your gardens. That is why I love bulbs so much! Treat them right, and they will multiply and spread providing you with a sweet surprise each year.
My favorite example is Stella Doro‘s. I started these when I lived in Tuscaloosa, Alabama six years ago. I bought four plants, planted them in full sun, and fertilized them well. The next year, I dug them up dividing each plant and put them in a second place in the yard. The next year, I dug up the same first four again, divided them, and planted them at a little cabin in Wildwood, Georgia. A year later, I dug them up and moved half of them to a smaller garden on the other side of the cabin. Two years later, I dug them up again and transplanted them around a newly created raised bed. This has been the plant that has kept on giving.
Out of the seven different types of bulbs in my yard, all of them have created new plants. How does this happen? I fertilize all the time in the late spring and early fall. I use bone meal for bulbs. I spread it around the base of the base of the bolts, being careful not to get any on the leaves or the flowers. I try to time it just before a rain storm.
Now after all that work, you deserve an excellent treat. Blueberries are in season. I just love to use the to make a sunflower butter and jelly parfait. It is very simple...
- 2 cups blueberries
- 1/2 tsp of liquid stevia
- 1 tsp of lemon juice or 1/2 of a fresh squeezed lemon
- 1 pinch of salt
- 2 cups sunflower butter
- 2 tbsp. of sugar free whipping cream
Combine the blueberries, stevia, lemon juice, and salt in a small pot.
Toss to coat all the blueberries,
Allow it to sit for 5 minutes.
Bring the mix to a boil over medium/high heat.
Reduce and simmer for 15-20 minutes.
Allow to cool for 15 minutes.
Layer sunflower butter in the bottom of a small parfait glass.
Continue to fill alternating the blueberry compote with the sunflower butter.
Add the sugar free whipping cream on top.
It's quite a healthy treat. The protein in the sunflower butter helps to slow down the absorption of the natural sugar from the blueberries. Blueberries are considered the most powerful antioxidant fruits. Here are 10 other great benefits. They are:
full of nutrients but not calories.
the best antioxidant food.
good for reducing DNA damage which could protect against aging and cancer.
helpful in preventing oxidation of bad LDL cholesterol helping prevent heart disease.
proven in multiple studies to assist in lowering blood pressure.
full of anthocyanins that may help lower your chance of a heart attack by 32%.
known to assist in delaying mental decline.
great for diabetics because of the more moderate level of sugar compared to other fruits.
similar to cranberries and may assist in preventing urinary tract infections.
possibly an excellent aid in muscle recovery for athletes.
Source: "10 Proven Health Benefits of Blueberries"
Now I'm headed to a neighbor's place to pick more blueberries. I'll head out to the a garden afterwards to assist in stopping the petunia attack on my peppers and general weeding. Let me know if you use try this recipe for an enjoyable snack. Please comment, like, share, and come back next week for more recipes, ideas, and tips. Subscribe to the website, if you would like weekly email reminders to add more recipes to your recipe book.
Disclaimer: This is not medical advice, but a compilation of research from medical sites. Make sure to see your doctor and have up to date lab work.