Green Side Up is a weekly radio gardening program produced by WDCB (College of DuPage) and University of Illinois Extension. It is hosted by Richard Hentschel, Extension Educator, Horticulture.
Richard Hentschel, host of Green Side Up discusses fall tree planting. Tree selection is key to a tree being able to grow to maturity and last our lifetime. Considerations should be mature size, the kind of shade the tree will provide and now consider diversity. The more diversity we have, the lessening the catch of a future outbreak like what happened with our Ash trees. Planting is another part of helping the year establish. The planting hole and depth of planting is critical. Another area is that of girdling roots which can be a problem for both balled and burlapped and container grown plants.
Host Richard Hentschel catches us up on what is going on out in the home landscape. Lawns have enjoyed the rains and cooler weather and are vigorously growing and will need to be mowed for some weeks yet. Broad leaf weeds may need to treated if populations are high. Gardens should be regular harvested, especially the cooler season vegetables that will tolerate cold temperatures. Mulching the leaves into the lawn and mow and bag and apply the chopped up leaves into the garden or flower beds to increase organic matter content. Don't forget the need to bring the houseplants indoors before frosty temperatures
Host Richard Hentschel discusses the 2016 farm crops with Russ Higgins. Richard talks with Russ about this year's harvest season. Crop yields are certainly hitting earlier expectations. Record yields along with record weed growth means harvest is taking a bit longer. There is more grain to move, more of the corn plant and weeds need to move through the combine and that typically means travel speeds across the fields has to be reduced. Following harvest, depending on the crop management system, fields will be left covered with crop residue. Other fields will be tilled leaving some residue on the surface.
Host Richard Hentschel discusses the 2016 farm crops with Russ Higgins. Russ details more on how and when pollination occurs with field corn. Corn has both male and female flowers, but not together. The tassels (male flowers) appear on the top of the corn plant with the female flowers in the ear and pollination takes place by a pollen grain traveling down the silk into the ear. Corn is wind pollinated
Host Richard Hentschel discusses the 2016 farm crops with Russ Higgins. The weather this year has been really good and are expecting some record yields. We had lots of water the week before and after corn pollination to ensure good yields, soybeans have also enjoyed good pod fill. Corn is about 90% finished filling out the ear. Secondary crops have also done well this season with harvest starting early this year.
Host Richard Hentschel discusses the fungal activity associated with all the rainfall, especially in the lawns. Hentschel cautions about not working in the vegetable garden so disease is not spread. The rains do have the benefit of keeping our over-seeding efforts in the lawn going strongly. Fall is also a good time for a needed broadleaved weed control effort.
Host Richard Hentschel discusses pollination possibilities in the vegetable garden. We can be very surprised if you grow seeds saved from fruits last summer. Cross pollination is very necessary yet can give us something unexpected if those crosses were hybrids to begin with.
Host Richard Hentschel discusses insects, what is happening in the vegetable garden, especially those vine crops giving us cucumbers, squashes, gourds and pumpkins. We really need to keep up with harvest especially the summer squashes and cucumbers. Recent activity by what we know as a Cicada Killer can really surprise us, yet stinging us is not part of their nature. These are beneficial insects and whenever you can leave them be. Another insect that will be visible in the next few weeks is the bald faced hornet and that giant paper nest they build