November 19, 2015
Dru Banks, Nutrition and Wellness Educator is interviewed by host Richard Hentschel about Food Safety for the Holidays. Dru discusses handling food safely including making sure foods are served at appropriate temperatures to prevent food spoilage that could create food borne illness. Using a good food thermometer is essential to determine the doneness of the dish. Dru also addresses preparing the turkey in a safe manner. If there are concerns on preparing the turkey, most turkey producers offer a hot line as well as a USDA hotline.
November 12, 2015
Host Richard Hentschel discussed the recent World health organization release on the potential risks of eating red meat and other processed meats with Dru Banks, Health and Nutrition Educator. Cured and smoked meats are a concern as are the many choices of red meats. Poultry is not included in this release. While no official guidelines on consumption was supplied, it is clear that the more red meats and processed meats are consumed the greater the risk of certain cancers.
November 5, 2015
Host Richard Hentschel talks about November gardening activities that still can be done yet this year. Planting spring bulbs is still a project to be done. Repairing lawn damage with sod is another activity yet this fall. Lawns should be mowed until they finally stop for the season and any leaves should also be removed from the lawn. It is a great time to add composts to the vegetable and perennial beds. Watering the new transplants and any evergreens and broadleaved evergreens is also a good idea.
October 29, 2015
Richard Hentschel talks about tools, cleaning, maintenance, the last of the actual ongoing gardeing activities like late planting of the spring bulbs, continuing to mow the lawn as long it is growing. End of season mower maintenance includes cleaning the mower deck, sharpening the blades, adding gasolin storage additives. garden hoses need to be drained and removed from the home
October 22, 2015
Host Richard Hentschel disusses late fall watering and winter protection for trees, shrubs and evergreens, especailly those are newly planted. Watering is also important for our lawns yet this fall. Protection from winter sun and wiind is key for our needle evergreens and broadleaved plants.
October 15, 2015
Richard Hentschel host of Green Side Up discusses October as a good month for planting trees, shrubs and evergreens. Proper planting ensures a good healthy plant by making the transplanting transition as easy as possible. Finding the root flair before you dig the hole so the plant is planted at the correct depth.
October 8, 2015
Host Richard Hentschel talks about the uses of mulches in the home landscape. Mulches benefit the plants and the microbial like within the soil. Organic matter provides the very needed carbon component for the microbes in the soil profile. this time of year mulches serve to protecty new root systems of transplanted trees, shrubs, evergreens and perennials. Mulches as they break down release many nutirents into the soil that are not available through a synthetic fertilizer
September 24, 2015
Host Richard Hentschel discusses the benefits of core aeration for the home lawn and other benefits of a sharp mower blade, mowing heights and topdressing.
September 17, 2015
Russ Higgins, Commercial Agriculture Educator located at the Northern Illinois Agriculture Research Center near DeKalb talks with program host Richard Hentschel. Harvest is starting any day, depending on crop maturity. Farmers will likely start with corn and move into soybean later. Equipment preparation includes the combine tuneup, making sure grain drying equipment is ready to dry down the corn to about 15% or below. Listen in to hear additional details.
September 10, 2015
Richard Hentschel, host of Green Side Up continues to talk with Russ Higgins, Commercial Agriculture Educator located at the Northern Illinois Agriculture Research Center near DeKalb. Topic for the show this week is cover crops, research on cover crops, what is working the best right now in these research plots. There is a real benefit to having cover crops to help manage and hold nutrients for next year's crop.