November 16, 2017
Picking the not so perfect holiday tree may not be so bad. GSU Host Richard Hentschel shares tips for picking the family holiday tree and for handling it. Plus, he shares how to help it last once it is indoors.
November 9, 2017
U of I Extension's Richard Hentschel discusses two different topics this week: Fireplace safety and Houseplants. The indoor fireplace means following some simple guidelines before enjoying the wood as it burns. Getting the fireplace and chimney inspected and cleaned to avoid chimney fires this season is important. Also, by now, you may be noticing changes to the houseplants you have brought in from outdoors. Signs are clear, like a loss of foliage or a slowdown of growth, and may require a modified watering program. Using the same kind of media and containers can help manage how much and how often you water.
November 2, 2017
Green Side Up's Richard Hentschel covers common storage of root crops right in the garden and places to store hard rind, or winter, squashes in the home until you can prepare them for the family. Carrots and other root crops do just fine if left in the garden and harvested as needed. Winter squashes prefer storage temperatures between 50 and 55 degrees. They do just fine even 10 degrees warmer, but they may not last as long that way. Cooler, they can last for 4 or more months.
October 26, 2017
Host Richard Hentschel talks about getting those garden chores done with our recent heavy rains. Lawns have turned green again and mowing should continue. Planting spring flowering bulbs, building or using your compost pile and bins should be ongoing and if needed late season watering of our needle evergreens and established trees is still important
October 19, 2017
Host Richard Hentschel talks about birds, winter bird feeding and keeping the birds watered. He also explores good management when purchasing and storing firewood for the winter. Both activities benefit from a little planning. Bird feeding means dedicating time and resources, and starting soon and continuing all winter long into late spring when Mother Nature can supply the food. For firewood, the best heat means proper moisture content, find of wood and storage.
October 12, 2017
Richard Hentschel, host of Green Side Up, talks about our very recent rains and the gardening and yard activities that will be easier now that our soils are moist again. Find out about lawn work, garden bed clean-up and the plant parts suitable for the compost pile.
October 5, 2017
Many home gardeners are beginning to clean up vegetable beds and others are preparing to deal with all those falling leaves. Host Richard Hentschel outlines what can be added to compost from the yard and garden, including what to avoid and how to maintain pH. In addition, he explains the green-brown rule for composting success.
September 28, 2017
In northern Illinois, we currently are in an extended droughty period. This means homeowners need to pay attention to those trees and plants that seem to take care of themselves. When the hose is out, water established trees, shrubs and perennials, as well as new additions and vegetables. Believe it or not, some trees are still recovering from the 2012 drought, five years later, and without extra help now, this period could cause more. Learn about drought, stress signs, and the impact on various types of plants with Richard Hentschel.
September 21, 2017
Richard Hentschel, host of Green Side Up, talks about watering seeded and sodded yards and what to do with summer bulbs from the yard. Watering seeded lawns is a lot different than watering sod. Summer bulbs are those bulbs that are not winter hardy and need to dug up and protected until planting time again next year.
September 14, 2017
Fall is a good time to test soils. Host Richard Hentschel discusses the importance of taking a soil test of your garden beds to improve plant growth and yields. Soil testing does not need to be done every year, but should be done periodically to be sure the soils are not holding back your plants. Soil pH plays a really big part in the health and productivity of vegetable plants, perennials and trees, shrubs and lawn.