University of Illinois Extension
July 16, 2015

Richard Hentschel discusses growing degree days when in comes to growing vegetables and insect development. Plant development is slower than normal without the warmer, sunny days. The recent wet soils can cause disease problems. Tomato foliage diseases are running high right now. Air circulation, sunlight into the plants helps and grow disease resistant hybrids really helps.

 
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July 9, 2015

Richard Hentschel continues to discuss how the weather has been impacting our lawn care. Mowing has been a real challenge. Taller grass means a wetter lawn that can easily clump up leaving the lawn covered to mold below. Try raising the mower deck to accommodate the taller, wetter grass. Clippings will need to be removed when too wet and laying on the cut surface. Composting is a good way to recycle the nutrition. Thinning and yellowing is also common right now.

 
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July 2, 2015

Host Richard Hentschel talks about how to deal with all the yard work with all the rain we have been having. Keep the weeds in the garden and landacape beds from going to seed. Do not compost those weed seed heads removed. Mushrooms have shown up in many lawns, landscape beds The water has allowed decay organisms to quickly grow and develop

 
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June 18, 2015

Host Richard Hentschel talks about weeds in the home landscape and why they seem to be worse. Managing the weeds while they are very is much simpler and easier than when they are mature. Removing seed heads if the weeds get ahead of us is the one best practice you can do.

 
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June 11, 2015

Richard Hentschel host of Green Side Up, talks this week about taking care of the home fruit orchard. Cover sprays are applied to protect the developing fruit during the growing season and those sprays are more frequent in the spring and lessen as the season progresses. Home orchardists would typically use a combination product containing insecticides and fungicides.

 
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June 4, 2015

Richard Hentschel, host of Green Side Up addresses what to do with our spring flowering bulbs once the bloom show fades. Bulb foliage should be left alone to yellow; brown and collapse on its own to ensure the leaves have re supplied the bulb with energy so we have another great show in 2016. Deadheading any flowers that are forming seeds is another way to conserve nutrition for the bulb.

 
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May 28, 2015

Richard Hentschel host of Green Side Up, talks this week about selecting landscape plants for replacements for plants that have not survived since the drought of 2012 and harsh winters of 2013 and 2014 or insect infestations like the Emerald Ash Borer. Homeowners should recognize there are now differences in the home landscape than when first planted and selection choices change as well.

 
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May 21, 2015

Host Richard Hentschel talks about vegetable gardening and dealing with the varied spring weather this year. Better to plant or sow seeds based on current weather conditions rather than some of our more traditional dates. Richard covered what happens when you plant out the warm loving vegetables when it is still too cold. Richard took a few minutes to discuss vine crops and their flowering habits.

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
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