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WSU Extension Q&A

Q. I have some old vegetable seeds from previous gardening seasons. How can I tell if they will still be useable this season?

A. Dampen a paper towel and place it in a plastic sandwich container.

Place a small amount of the seeds in question on the wet paper towel and close the lid. After seven to 10 days, seeds that still are viable will have sprouted.

Q. What do the four H's stand for in 4-H?

A. Head, Heart, Hands and Health. They are explained in the 4-H pledge: "I pledge my head to clearer thinking, my heart to greater loyalty, my hands to larger service, my health to better living, for my club, my community, my country, and my world." 4-H'ers are encouraged to try to follow the 4-H's in their daily life, as well as in their clubs.

Q. I used to buy the publication Nutritive Value of Foods from the Extension office. It gave a nutrition breakdown for foods, including calories, vitamins and minerals. Is that publication still available?

A. Although we no longer stock the print publication in our office, you can access the updated version of that publication at www.ars.usda.gov/Services/docs.htm?docid=6282

However, there is another format that might be simpler to use. From the link www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/search you can search a specific food and get comprehensive nutrition information for that individual food.

Although both sites use the same data source, searching by individual foods is a simpler process.

* Questions should be called in to the WSU Extension offices in Kennewick at 509-735-3551 or Pasco at 509-545-3511.