University of Illinois Extension
April 14, 2016

Richard Hentschel, host of Green Side Up, discusses those very early and early vegetables that can be planted in early April thru late April. To get the most from our gardens, we need to start early and continue to garden late into the fall season. Lots of vegetables can be harvest once school starts through our hard frost and freezes. Richard provides lots of examples of those early vegetables and encourages successive planting to take advantage of any open garden space throughout the season.

 
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April 7, 2016

Host Richard Hentschel talks about early gardening and what that means for our 4 groups of temperature sensitive vegetables. Our typical average frost free date for our area is about May 5th. Gardeners then base those plantings for the very hardy and Frost tolerant vegetable plants. Those vegetables considered tender and warm loving are planted after the average frost free dates. Tender vegetables will need to be protected from frosts and light freezes. Warm loving vegetable cannot tolerate any kind of cold weather.

 
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March 31, 2016

Richard Hentschel, host of Green Side Up discusses early spring lawn care. Hand raking to remove left over winter debris and dead grass. It is good time to see what kind of perennial weeds are in the lawn and decide what kind of treatment might be needed. A light lawn rolling might be in order if you find the lawn uneven to press the crowns back down into the soil. Getting the lawn mower ready is also a good thing to do. Sharpen the blade if that did not happen last fall as you put the mower away. Consider a new spark plug and fill the mower with fresh gas. Mow the lawn a few times before applying any lawn fertilizers.

 
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March 24, 2016

Host Richard Hentschel talks about dormant pruning . Dormant pruning can be down anytime now before spring growth begins. This is good for most trees and shrubs, hard maples being an exception. It is much easier to plant structure for proper pruning. You can always remove dead wood at any time of the year, spring being one of them. Hentschel talked about the three common methods of pruning, rejuvenation, renewal and heading back cuts. Rejuvenation is great for the smaller fine textured plants. Renewal pruning gives us a new plant over a 3-4 year period and gets rid of established insects and diseases.

 
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March 17, 2016

Gardening season will be with us soon enough. Getting those vegetable seeds sown for growing your own transplants. Other considerations as you plan the garden include when to harden of your transplants for the garden and when you can begin to plant outdoors, whether from seed or your transplants. Seed packets will tell you all you need to know.

 
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March 10, 2016

Host Richard Hentschel talks about the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior study with Laura Barr, Nutrition and Wellness Educator. Studies are showing that if children become involved a variety of aspects of growing vegetables, the interest in eating fruits and vegetables increases and becomes part of their good eating practices. Extension, through a grant from the Illinois State Board of Education, will be involved with better eating habits and choices in the school lunch programs.

 
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March 3, 2016

Richard Hentschel talks with Laura Barr, Nutrition and Wellness Educator about March being National Nutrition Month and how best to use the 'MyPlate' message. Laura covers the vegetables and fruits, lean meats and healthy grains.

Reducing sodium and sugar should also be part the plan.

 
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February 25, 2016

Richard Hentschel host of Green Side Up continues to talk with Laura Barr on the revised Dietary Guidelines for Americans for 2016. It is more about learning a healthy eating pattern that can be a long term positive change. Limiting sugars, bad saturated fats and salt in all our meals is helpful. Start at home; later make better choices when eating out. The guidelines are promoting nutrient dense foods over energy dense foods.

 
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February 18, 2016

Host Richard Hentschel discusses National Heart Month with Laura Barr, Extension Nutrition and Wellness Educator. Cardiovascular diseases are the number one killer worldwide. Cooking and eating healthy foods flavored with herbs for seasonings along with root vegetables and using less salt is great way to start. Laura says to start with a good check up to find your base levels of blood pressure and cholesterol as you begin any changes in exercise. Laura also talks about managing stress, alcohol and smoking and their impacts on our health.

 
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February 11, 2016

Host Richard Hentschel talks about the differences in what we call the average frost free date and absolute frost free date and what that means to a gardener. Some plantings can start as early as 4-6 weeks ahead or our average frost free date and others have to wait until 2-3 weeks after.

 
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