Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Northern & Central Midwest

January, 2001
Regional Report

Web Finds

Seed Viability List
So you've found 5-year-old tomato or onion seeds of a favorite variety. Short of doing a germination test at home, how do you know if the seed is still viable? This Iowa State University Web site,, lists the seed viability of many common vegetables.


Root Cellar Stir Fry
If you have potatoes, squash, beets, carrots, and other assorted crops stored in your basement or root cellar, here's a little recipe that will help you use them up in a flavorful way.


4 pounds assorted root vegetables such as parsnips, beets, carrots, winter radish, and sweet potatoes

3 tablespoons olive oil

5 garlic cloves, minced

3 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary, oregano, or marjoram

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper


Scrub and peel the vegetables if necessary and cut them into 1 1/2-inch pieces. Toss them with oil, spread them on a cookie sheet, and roast them at 450F for 15 minutes. Then stir the vegetables and lower the heat to 375F. Cook 10 more minutes. Add the garlic and herbs and cook until the vegetables are tender (15-40 minutes). Toss gently with vinegar, salt, and pepper. Serve hot or at room temperature.

Serves 6 to 8


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