Up To Date
10:57 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Herbs And Spices: In The Garden And On Your Plate

We're talking herbs and spices on Friday's Up to Date.
Credit SuzetteSuzette / Flickr-CC

Most of us have a spice rack with lots of different choices in it, but if you’re not a gourmet chef, you might not know which herbs and spices pair the best with different meats and veggies. Then there's the ones with fancy packaging sold fresh at the store-- are they really that much better than your cupboard’s dry goods? 

On Friday's Up to Date, we delve into the pungent world of herbs and spices to see which can survive and thrive in your own Kansas or Missouri backyard and what's worth the splurge on aisle two.

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Up To Date
2:40 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

How Spring Is Shaping Up For Area Gardens And Trees

Credit Danielle Sherry /

Spring is the season of possibility and hope. Just ask any gardener. Seeds go in the ground, are lovingly tended and then . . .  Mother Nature steps in. On Wednesday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with two experts to get some advice for your gardens and trees.


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Central Standard
4:02 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Library Offers Seeds To Check Out And Return

If you check out tomato seeds from the Kansas City Public Library, you'll have to pull new seeds out from the tomatoes you harvest and return them at the end of the season.
Credit Flickr user Sue Craske

There’s a new resource in town for Kansas City gardeners: a seed library. Starting this spring at the Ruiz branch of the Kansas City Public Library, anyone with a library card can check out seeds for typical garden plants, from cilantro to tomatoes. At the end of the season, patrons return the seeds they harvest from the plants they grow.

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Up to Date
4:06 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Three Summer Dishes From Café Sebastienne Executive Chef Jennifer Maloney

Café Sebastienne at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Credit Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

With summer produce in full bloom, Café Sebastienne's Jennifer Maloney shares some summer dishes from the restaurant's kitchen.

Chilled Cantaloupe and Basil Soup

Serve this cool favorite with a dry Riesling wine.

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KC Currents
5:17 pm
Sun May 26, 2013

'Boys Grow' Program Changes Lives Through Growing Food And Making Ketchup

Boys Grow members learn how to grow food and the fundamentals of owning a small business.
Beth Lipoff

  Growing and eating local food isn’t just about health for one Kansas City group. Their farm fields are fertile ground for developing responsibility and shaping young lives, and the group’s leaders hope to harvest more than just tomatoes. 

When you grow up in the city, chickens aren’t something you see every day, but 13-year-old Malek Looney is getting to know them well.

"They’ll flap their wings and make loud noises and squawk at you. And you’ll be like, 'Oh no, they're mad at something,'" says Looney.

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Harvest Public Media
7:55 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Should You Be Talking To Your Plants?

Gardeners Adelay Idler, left, Sharon Roberts-Yuen and Debby Greenblatt say happy plants grow best.
Credit Hilary Stohs-Krause / Harvest Public Media

Ever know someone who talks to plants?

Maybe it was your offbeat neighbor cooing at his gardenias; maybe your grandmother analyzed baseball with her cucumbers. It seems a bit silly, but researchers say farmers should maybe take notice.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Where Botany And Alcohol Mix

Amy Stewart

Your backyard garden can be a great place to grow vegetables, but the Drunken Botanist has something else in mind for the space.

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Central Standard
6:00 am
Tue September 11, 2012

The Scent Of Scandal

Light, vibrant or dark, this exotic and elegant beauty is among the world's most popular flowers.

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Up to Date
11:05 pm
Sun July 22, 2012

Heat, Drought & You

The drought has resulted in withered cornstalks and cracked land near Lamar, Colo.
Frank Morris KCUR

Your neighbors' lawn is green. And yours? A pale shade of brown, with grass that crunches underfoot.

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Historic Gardens
2:12 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

PHOTOS: Replanting A 1910 Garden At The Kansas City Museum

Susan B. Wilson KCUR

The Kansas City Museum is in its third phase of a major restoration of Corinthian Hall, the old Northeast mansion that houses its collection. And the renovation doesn’t stop at just bricks and mortar.  A recent project aims to recreate the Georgian garden plantings that surrounded the mansion.

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Central Standard
1:58 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Nature in the City: Summer Birds, Hiking

Peregrine Falcon
Len Blumin Flickr

In Kansas City, we humans have adapted to our hot summer days with central air, trips to the movies and Jones Pool... but how do wild animals do it?

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Up to Date
2:40 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Spring Gardening: Help Grow Your Green Thumb

There may be no controlling Mother Nature, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get your garden to cooperate. But keeping your gardening blossoming instead of browning is easier said than done.

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Central Standard
1:08 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Nature in the City: Songbirds, Spring Peepers & Wildflowers

KeyStroke Flickr

On this Thursday's Central Standard, we take a look at Nature in the City in it's most colorful season.

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Up to Date
2:50 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Warm Winter Weather And Your Spring Garden

katiebread Flickr

When it hits 67 degrees in January, one must wonder what effect such odd winter weather is having on our plants, trees, and flowers.

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Central Standard
12:00 pm
Wed May 25, 2011

Residential Composting

Brooke Salvaggio and Dan Heryer of BADSEED Market

Dan Heryer and Brooke Salvaggio from BADSEED Farms visit the studio to talk about ways to compost at home and their new residential composting program starting next month. 

Brooke says that 75% of our household waste is compostable.  Residential composting can be done using any natural materials. 

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KCMO City Hall
2:28 am
Thu June 3, 2010

Urban Agriculture Ordinance Clears Committee

Kansas City, Mo. – After months of discussion and weeks of committee hearings, Kansas City's Planning and Zoning finally sent the full city council an urban agriculture ordinance Wednesday.

The committee added a number of restrictions including a prohibition on row crops in front yards, restriction of sales to fresh produce and requiring community gardens to get approval from the Board of Zoning Adjustment.

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