Q. My peas didn't germinate well this year. I soaked them for three hours and dusted them with fungicide before planting, just like I did last year. What might the problem be?
A. Soaking large seeds such as peas for just a few hours probably is not enough time for the seed to imbibe adequate moisture for germination. Try soaking overnight and planting the peas close together in rows 7 to 8 inches apart.
Q. How can I tell if canning recipes on the internet will be safe to prepare?
A. Unfortunately, there is no way to tell if a recipe published on the internet will produce a safe product. Since there is no regulatory agency for home canning, anyone can publish anything they like. For safe recipes, stick to the most recent edition of canning books from major canning companies or from the United States Department of Agriculture.
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For online access to these resources, go to: www.homecanning.com and www.homefoodpreservation.com.
Q. We are new to the area and our child wants to join a 4-H club. Can you tell me about 4-H and who runs it?
A. 4-H is an organization devoted to positive youth development, helping young people grow into contributing members of their communities. The Washington 4-H Youth Development program is based at Washington State University in Pullman, the administrative home of the WSU Extension. 4-H is the youth development division of Extension, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, WSU and local county governments.
Q. I have several grape varieties in my garden. Can grape varieties cross-pollinate with each other?
A. No. Even if the grapes are planted directly next to each other, the characteristics of your original variety will remain the same.
* Questions should be called in to the WSU Extension offices in Kennewick at 509-735-3551 or Pasco at 509-545-3511.