July 25, 2014
Host Richard Hentschel talks with Commercial Agriculture Educator, Russ Higgins. Weeds are the topic for this show. Weed competition is a major concern for farmers. Russ talks about annuals, perennials, bi-annuals and winter annuals. Seed production can mean many thousands of seeds per weed plant. Letting weeds go to seeds means building up a seed bank in the soil for the next several years.
July 17, 2014
Richard Hentschel continues talks with Russ Higgins Commercial Agriculture Educator out of the DeKalb research center. Russ and Richard discuss cucumber and bean leaf beetles, life cycles and differences among the various cucumber beetles. Later they discuss the tomato horn worm and what the adult is and why we do not associate the adult with the damaging worm.
July 10, 2014
Russ Higgins, Commercial Agriculture Educator talks with Richard Hentschel, host of Green Side up about insects that have an incomplete life cycle and how growing degree days or heat units pay a role in insect development. Incomplete develop means the young often eat the same plants as the adults and can do quite a bit of damage as a result. Insects and plants both develop based on growing degree days and often grow together.
July 8, 2014
Host Richard Hentschel talks with Russ Higgins about insects and their life cycles and how and where they spend the winter. Russ described insects with complete life cycles and provided examples such as the state butterfly, the monarch. Tomato hornworm is another example. Some overwinter as an adult larva or grub stage and pupate later the next spring.
Richard relates news that the Japanese beetles may not have survived the winter months of 2013 and 2014 in the great numbers of the past few seasons
June 25, 2014
Host Richard Hentschel discusses how our fruits and vegetables provide the dietary fiber we all need with Laura Barr, Nutrition and Wellness Educator. The vegetables out of the garden can provide both the soluble and insoluble forms of fiber. Sources of soluble fiber sources include oats, peas, beans, apples, carrots and citrus fruits. Some of the sources of insoluble fiber come from whole wheat flower, beans, cauliflower, green beans and potatoes. As with the need to eat a variety of vegetables of color, it is equally important to eat a variety of high-fiber foods to help maintain good health.
June 20, 2014
Richard Hentschel and Laura Barr continue a good discussion on phytochemicals that come from our fruits and vegetables that provide the body with antioxidants that work against those radicals that can cause human health issues. Examples include Folic Acid, Vitamins A&E. While we all eat different kinds of grain, the focus should be on whole grains. Eating less processed grains provides the body with more of what it needs. Laura reminded listeners to eat a variety of vegetables and to include a variety of colors as well.
June 12, 2014
Host Richard Hentschel talks with Laura Barr, Nutrition and Wellness Educator on the foods that can keep us healthier. About 75 percent of our dinner plate should be plant based. Both fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants which really help the body protect our cells from cancers. We all need proteins and we typically get that from a red meat source, yet guidelines suggest eating fish or poultry and beans as other sources of protein as a way to reduce the amount of red meat in our diet.
June 5, 2014
Richard Hentschel talks with Laura Barr about current USDA guidelines for healthy eating and some of the simple ways we can be sure families are eating healthy right out of our garden and from the Farmers Markets. Richard and Laura discuss the Food Groups and those messages USDA wants us to remember as we prepare meals. Laura stressed the need to eat a variety of different colored vegetables.
May 29, 2014
Green Side Up host Richard Hentschel talks about replacing those plants that have been lost from insects, diseases and the harsh weather. Gardeners have the opportunity to site trees, shrubs and evergreens in better positions in the landscape. Often the mature sizes are not taken into account when selecting landscape plants. Balled and Burlapped trees are available as are container grown plants. Balled and Burlapped trees are often much larger and heavier while container grown trees can often be handled more easily by the gardener. Be sure any tree you are interested in is on the approved list by your municipality if you replacing a parkway tree.
May 20, 2014
Host Richard Hentschel discusses why we wait to plant our warm loving vegetables in the family garden plot. Starting from seed or by transplants available from your favorite retail garden center. Vine crops can take up a lot of space, so consider bush types or provide a vertical trellis. Eggplant is another warm season crop and now comes in a number of shapes and colors. A trending vegetable is sweet potato and can be a challenge in northern gardens with the short gardening season.