March 6, 2014
Richard Hentschel discusses what is going on with our plants this winter. Winter weather above the snow is quite different from soil below the snow. Plants under the snow are in very good shape. We should let our snow covered evergreens be; let the snow melt this spring normally, and do not try to remove the snow. We can expect some plants to not bloom well on branches above the snow line because of the extreme cold tempertures over many days.
February 27, 2014
Richard Hentschel discusses what do if Pantry Pests have visited us in the Kitchen cabinets and pantry. Indian Meal Moth and a couple of flower beetles are the most common. Life cycles are similar with a few differences. They all feed on products that contain flour. This can be the left over products from holiday cookie baking or cereal or pasta products, plus a whole lot more. Sanitation is the key for control.
February 20, 2014
Host Richard Hentschel talks about Overwintering Insects and all the snow and cold weather we have had. Insects are prepared to survive the below zero temperatures we have had this winter. Insects produce their own version of anti-freeze that allows them to survive quite well. They also lower the rate of consuming resources similar to what bears do.
February 13, 2014
Host Richard Hentschel concludes his 5 part series on home orchards. Annual pruning to balance vegetative growth with reproductive growth along with fruit thinning is the best way to ensure a good yield every year. Foliage pruning keeps the canopy open allowing light into the interior and that allows fruit spurs to form throughout the canopy. Thinning fruits will improve the quality of the fruits left to mature.
February 6, 2014
Richard Hentschel, Host of Green Side Up talks about why it is so important to prune your fruit trees. It is a balance between managing annual growth and fruit production. Once your tree begins to fruit, then energy is diverted into the apple, lessoning the annual foliage growth. Spur type trees will mean less pruning than a regular tree. Be sure you know if you are buying a dwarf or semi dwarf or even a double dwarf since that influences future pruning a tree size.
January 30, 2014
Richard Hentschel host of Green Side Up continues his 5 part series on dwarf fruit trees and discusses siting and planting requirements. This includes soil and air drainage, wind protection, sun exposure, mulching, and wildlife protection.
January 23, 2014
Richard Hentschel host of Green Side Up continues his 5 part series on dwarf fruit trees and discusses the merits of starting to train your fruit trees the year they are planted. Early bearing is one of the advantages of early training. Proper training for structure when the tree is young follows through the entire life of the tree. Training those first scaffold branches starting 20-24 inches from the soil will allow the tree to remain small
January 16, 2014
Host Richard Hentschel begins a 5 part series discussing the benefits of using dwarf fruit trees in the home orchard. The majority of fruit trees grown in Northern Illinois is often apple varieties. Richard talks about the different ways we can get a dwarf tree and the advantages of dwarf trees in our backyards.
January 9, 2014
Host Richard Hentschel talks about repurposing the holiday tree. Using community recycling programs can be the most convenient, yet using it in your own yard can provide more enjoyment for the rest of the winter. Using the tree as a feeder station and winter protection for the overwintering birds is one way. Another is using the evergreen branches to mulch tender perennials by placing them in the snow covered beds.
January 2, 2014
Richard Hentschel, host of Green Side Up talks with Ellen Phillips about locally available programing benefiting growers or those who might consider getting into local farming. Ellen mentions events in January and February. The February event is about connecting farmers with buyers. Richard and Ellen also talk about how soil is so important to not just the local grower, but each of use as a home grower. Ellen talks about how the soil we grow in is very much alive and what we can do to ensure that the "soil system" is working well. Ellen also cautions that beside the usual soil tests, but to be sure your garden soil is tested for heavy metals, especially lead.