University of Illinois Extension

Archives for February 2014

February 27, 2014

Richard Hentschel discusses what do if Pantry Pests have visited us in the Kitchen cabinets and pantry. Indian Meal Moth and a couple of flower beetles are the most common. Life cycles are similar with a few differences. They all feed on products that contain flour. This can be the left over products from holiday cookie baking or cereal or pasta products, plus a whole lot more. Sanitation is the key for control.

 
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February 20, 2014

Host Richard Hentschel talks about Overwintering Insects and all the snow and cold weather we have had. Insects are prepared to survive the below zero temperatures we have had this winter. Insects produce their own version of anti-freeze that allows them to survive quite well. They also lower the rate of consuming resources similar to what bears do.

 
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February 13, 2014

Host Richard Hentschel concludes his 5 part series on home orchards. Annual pruning to balance vegetative growth with reproductive growth along with fruit thinning is the best way to ensure a good yield every year. Foliage pruning keeps the canopy open allowing light into the interior and that allows fruit spurs to form throughout the canopy. Thinning fruits will improve the quality of the fruits left to mature.

 
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February 6, 2014

Richard Hentschel, Host of Green Side Up talks about why it is so important to prune your fruit trees. It is a balance between managing annual growth and fruit production. Once your tree begins to fruit, then energy is diverted into the apple, lessoning the annual foliage growth. Spur type trees will mean less pruning than a regular tree. Be sure you know if you are buying a dwarf or semi dwarf or even a double dwarf since that influences future pruning a tree size.

 
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