April 23, 2015
Host Richard Hentschel talks about Crabgrass management, covering how preventer works and what you can do if you see young crabgrass plants in the lawn. Other ideas shared on how to improve the health and appearance of the lawn. Making sure the mower deck is level and checking the mowing height. Higher cuts allow for deeper roots and provide more drought tolerance. Also included is information on mower blade sharpness.
April 16, 2015
Host Richard Hentschel talks about early season gardening. Northern Illinois has about 160 to 170 days of growing days. Southern Illinois has for example about 200 days or nearly another month. In our area we can easily get two gardens a year. Our second garden needs to be planted about mid-summer to there are enough weather to get our fall gardens harvested. Vegetables should be planted based on our average frost free date of May 5th. This date is a guide to allow for starting seeds indoors according to the seed packet or setting out the transplants. Richard also talks about alternative ways to grow vegetables around the home.
April 9, 2015
Host Richard Hentschel talks about very early season gardening. Very hardy plants can be transplants or seeds can be put out 4-6 weeks ahead of our average frost free date. Frost tolerant veggies get out in the garden 2-3 weeks before that average frost free date. Tender veggies are planted on or about that average frost free date and the last group known as warm loving go out 1-2 weeks after the average frost free date.
April 2, 2015
Host Richard Hentschel talks about early lawn care. Removal of winter debris by hand is a good activity to start out our lawn program for the year. Perhaps a light rolling will be needed to press the grass plant crowns down for good soil contact. Taking a weed inventory can be helpful to plan any weed management strategies for the year. Find the lawn mower and clean the air cleaner and mower deck. Pull the spark plug wire and remove and sharpen the blade. Prepare to mow the lawn as soon as it needs it.
March 12, 2015
Richard Hentschel, host of Green Side Up talks with Nutrition and Wellness Educator about pre and pro biotics. We feed our probiotics with pre-biotics. Keefer and yogurt along with sauerkraut and kimchee.
Oats, barley, wheat, and apples all contain pre-biotics. Dairy can give us the probiotics. Laura notes that the USDA 'MyPlate" helps the consumer figure out a good diet. Richard also encouraged gardeners to expand the kinds of vegetables they grow.
February 5, 2015
Host Richard Hentschel discusses the need to prune fruit trees to balance pruning and fruiting. Home Orchardists will need to prune each year to manage annual vegetative growth to control fruit tree size and how that relates to fruit size later.
January 22, 2015
Richard Hentschel host of Green Side Up continues talking about the home orchard and other aspects of managing the orchard. Training the fruit trees early promotes early fruit production. Training involves creating scaffolds that allow lots of light and air movement through the canopy.
January 15, 2015
Host Richard Hentschel begins to discuss the home fruit orchard. Apples are the hardiest of our fruit trees for Norhern Ilinois. Dwarf fruit trees should be perhaps the number one decision in the process. Dwarfness can be created in a number of ways
December 18, 2014
Richard Hentschel, host of Green Side Up talks with Dru Banks, Extension Educator about Gluten-free foods. Clearly there is a need for those who have sensitivity to gluten or Siiliacts disease. There can be gluten in many unexpected dishes and why food labeling has changed. You can become allergic at any point in your life.
December 11, 2014
Richard Hentschel and Dru Banks talk Holiday and Party Food Safety. Dru covers the safer temperatures food should be held at to ensure food safety. Hot foods hot and cold foods cold is a good rule to follow. Dru also talks about why poultry and meat products are now longer being rinsed once you have those products at home.