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.
Green Side Up is a weekly gardening program produced by University of Illinois Extension. It is hosted by Richard Hentschel, Extension Educator, Horticulture.