June 28, 2018
Host Richard Hentschel discusses some early season vegetable concerns. Those early cool season vegetables may be going to seed by now and any leaves on our leafy greens can now be bitter tasting. Radishes also may go to seed and suffer the same fate. Richard talks about common tomato leaf diseases and blossom end rot and what you can do about it.
June 21, 2018
Richard Hentschel, Host of Green Side Up, talks about the many good, and not-so-good, effects of all the rain in the home landscape. Lawns continue to grow, mushrooms showing up in the lawn, some surprising insect activity and a quick reminder on mosquitos and ticks.
June 14, 2018
Host Richard Hentschel discusses using mulch in the home landscape. Used in the right amounts, there are many benefits to our plants with very few concerns. Richard also addresses some of the things we should do before putting the mulch down to make yard care easier later.
May 31, 2018
Host Richard Hentschel weighs in on a biting topic – mosquitos in the landscape. Learn what homeowners can do to lessen the potential of biting mosquitos in the yard.
May 24, 2018
Illinois Extension Educator Richard Hentschel discusses weeds in the landscape, perennial and vegetable beds. While dandelion and plantains and other broadleaved weeds are well known, a new comer showing up more often are the thistles. Canadian thistle is particularly troublesome by the way the underground roots easily spread the weed around the beds. To slow the populations down, cultivate very shallowly, water the plants and not the whole bed and get those weed out while they are early.
May 10, 2018
Richard Hentschel, host of Green Side Up, covers several smaller, but important topics this week. Managing spring flowering bulbs can be done as the bloom show fades. Dead-heading and leaving the foliage up until the leaves naturally die down is the best way to ensure good bloom for 2019. Vegetable gardens and perennial flower beds may need to be fenced to protect them from rabbit feeding. While chicken wire works, a better alternative is rabbit fencing. Find out why edging your landscape beds now makes that project easier and learn best practices for using spent container soils too.
May 3, 2018
Host Richard Hentschel talks about three of the grassy weeds in the lawn that can cause confusion this time of year. Quackgrass and tall fescue are both perennial cool season grasses while Nimblewill is a warm season perennial grass that is appearing in lawns as a tan or straw-colored stringy grass. Some of these grasses could be confused with crabgrass, which is an annual grassy weed that is yet to germinate. Management is different depending on what is in the lawn. Crabgrass you can prevent, quackgrass and tall fescue require a different control strategy. Nimblewill is a perennial and as a warm season grass, management will have to wait until it is actively growing. Tune in to learn more.
April 26, 2018
Richard Hentschel discusses when we plant the vegetable garden based on the long-standing average frost free date. Soil and air temperatures are additional indicators of when we should be planting those very hardy to warm-loving vegetable transplants and seeds. Soils warm at different rates. Sandy soils warm slower than dark soils. Microclimates in the home landscape also should factor in. We can use season extenders on both ends of the season to increase the days we get to garden.
April 19, 2018
Host Richard Hentschel does a phone interview with Dennis Bowman, a Commercial Agriculture Educator for U of I Extension located on campus. Dennis and Richard discussed the differences and similarities of agriculture and horticulture this time of year. They discuss soil temperatures and planting crops like corn and soybeans, as well as many vegetables.
April 12, 2018
Host Richard Hentschel discusses coping with our ever-changing spring weather in 2018. Average soil temperature this past week have only been in the mid-30s here in northern Illinois, while the past 5-year average has been hitting 50 degrees. Richard talks about the impact on early vegetable gardening and the needed delay in applying crabgrass preventer too. A bright spot is that there is ample soil moisture for all our plants.