A Cook’s Garden


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I was on my way out the door, she was on her way in. Our paths crossed at our hair stylist’s studio and we started talking about cooking and gardening. She loves to cook. I love to garden. Wanting to use fresh ingredients for recipes, we discussed a plant or two. Realizing this conversation could go on for a while, I responded to the next question, “This would be a great topic for an article!” Read more to learn what vegetables, herbs and edible flowers you should grow for fresh ingredients. 

Viability of Old Seed

Ward Upham, Extension Associate at K-State, shares this tip on determining if old seed is still good: If you are unsure of viability and have plenty of seed, there is an easy method of determining how good your seed is. Place 10 seeds on a paper towel moistened with warm water and cover with a second moistened towel. Roll up the towels and place inside a plastic bag with enough holes for air exchange but not so many that the towels dry quickly. Place the bag in a warm place such as the top of a refrigerator. Remoisten towels with warm water as needed. After the first week, check for germination. Remove sprouted seed and check again after another week. Add these numbers together to determine the percent germination.