• By Faye Kuosman, Extension Agent

Horticulture: Organic gardening

Join us on Friday, April 13, at 9 a.m. at the Woodford County Extension Office to learn all about organic gardening. Shawn Lucas, assistant professor of organics at KSU, will be teaching the class and covering everything from “what is organic gardening and implementing it into your garden” to soil management. Call the Woodford County Extension Office to sign up for this free class at 859-873-4601.

Planting edible flowers

Want to liven up your salads and other dishes? Add edible flowers. The blossoms of many plants are edible and can be used raw to garnish a wide range of recipes. Many edible flowers have a mild flavor. Examples include pansies, violas, sweet peas, tulips, gladiolus, and dianthus. A few flowers are known for their intense flavor. One example is nasturtium, an annual vine with large, brightly colored red, orange, or yellow blossoms and a sharp, peppery taste. Nasturtiums are easy to grow from seed. When sown directly in the garden after the last spring frost, nasturtiums germinate quickly and grow vigorously until the heat of summer sets in. Toss their blossoms in salads to add color, fragrance, and zesty flavor. Learn more about growing edible flowers from this fact sheet, Choosing and Using Edible Flowers at http//content.ces.ncsu.edu/choosing-and-using-edible-flowers-ag-790/ or call the Extension Office for more information.

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