University of Illinois Extension
December 12, 2017
Richard Hentschel
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Horticulture Educator and GSU Host Richard Hentschel provides some quick reviews and reminders on bird feeding, firewood management, mulching tender perennials, protecting thinned bark trees and more.

 
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December 7, 2017
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Horticulture Educator Richard Hentschel talks gifts for the gardener in the family. Tools are always welcome, especially those that have multiple uses. Other kinds of supplies also make good gifts, perhaps bags of soil amendment, fertilizers, or a new, larger diameter garden hose to replace an older cracked or leaking hose.

 
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November 30, 2017
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Host Richard Hentschel discussed some interesting facts regarding the impacts of our Christmas Tree industry across the country. Christmas trees are very much sustainable and add to the environment in a many ways.

 
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November 22, 2017
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Horticulture Educator Richard Hentschel talks about those late November outdoor gardening activities like the last mowing and leaf cleanup. He gives tips on getting the lawn mower put to bed and the snow blower ready for service. Predictions are for more snow and volatile winter temperatures so being ready is a good thing.

 
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November 16, 2017
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Picking the not so perfect holiday tree may not be so bad. GSU Host Richard Hentschel shares tips for picking the family holiday tree and for handling it. Plus, he shares how to help it last once it is indoors.

 
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November 9, 2017
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U of I Extension's Richard Hentschel discusses two different topics this week: Fireplace safety and Houseplants. The indoor fireplace means following some simple guidelines before enjoying the wood as it burns. Getting the fireplace and chimney inspected and cleaned to avoid chimney fires this season is important. Also, by now, you may be noticing changes to the houseplants you have brought in from outdoors. Signs are clear, like a loss of foliage or a slowdown of growth, and may require a modified watering program. Using the same kind of media and containers can help manage how much and how often you water.

 
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November 2, 2017
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Green Side Up's Richard Hentschel covers common storage of root crops right in the garden and places to store hard rind, or winter, squashes in the home until you can prepare them for the family. Carrots and other root crops do just fine if left in the garden and harvested as needed. Winter squashes prefer storage temperatures between 50 and 55 degrees. They do just fine even 10 degrees warmer, but they may not last as long that way. Cooler, they can last for 4 or more months.

 
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October 26, 2017
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Host Richard Hentschel talks about getting those garden chores done with our recent heavy rains. Lawns have turned green again and mowing should continue. Planting spring flowering bulbs, building or using your compost pile and bins should be ongoing and if needed late season watering of our needle evergreens and established trees is still important

 
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October 19, 2017
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Host Richard Hentschel talks about birds, winter bird feeding and keeping the birds watered. He also explores good management when purchasing and storing firewood for the winter. Both activities benefit from a little planning. Bird feeding means dedicating time and resources, and starting soon and continuing all winter long into late spring when Mother Nature can supply the food. For firewood, the best heat means proper moisture content, find of wood and storage.

 
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October 12, 2017
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Richard Hentschel, host of Green Side Up, talks about our very recent rains and the gardening and yard activities that will be easier now that our soils are moist again. Find out about lawn work, garden bed clean-up and the plant parts suitable for the compost pile.

 
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