The Grapevine (March 9)

03/09/2013 7:28 AM

03/09/2013 7:39 AM

Time to tackle the kitchen

Before the weather outside turns too beautiful to be indoors, Karen Blakeslee, a Kansas State University food scientist, recommends choosing a day or two to clean the kitchen.

Blakeslee suggests removing all items from one or two cupboards at a time then washing the cupboard, inside and outside, along with any washable shelf liners. Then allow the cupboards and liners to air dry. Her recommendations for organization:

• Put pots, pans or dishes, rather than food, near warm locations such as heating vents.
• Store seldom-used items, such as holiday cookie cutters, in out-of-the way or seldom-used cupboards, such as a small cupboard over the refrigerator.
• Group packages such as yeast and seasoning mixes in a small basket or box for easy access.
• Store items that you use often within easy reach in areas between the shoulders and knees.
• Group baking items such as flour, sugar, baking powder, bowls and spatulas in a baking center.

African violet sale

The Wichita African Violet Study Club will have its annual African violet sale Sunday at Botanica from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or until plants sell out. Come early to the sale for best selection. Award-winning grower Carol Rice of Bartlesville, Okla., will have some of her prize-winning standard African violets in the sale. The club’s Patty Daniel of Patty’s Plants and Antiques will have her award-winning miniatures and streptocarpus for sale as well as African violets.

Seed-growing tip

Seeds grow happily under basic 4-foot shop lights, but make sure the lamps can be lowered and raised to keep the bulbs 4 to 6 inches above the seedlings as they grow.

Seeds need good seed-starting mix in which to grow and will develop well in cheap foam cups set in plastic trays. Make a drainage hole in the cups with a pencil.

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