University of Illinois Extension

Archives for January 2014

January 30, 2014

Richard Hentschel host of Green Side Up continues his 5 part series on dwarf fruit trees and discusses siting and planting requirements. This includes soil and air drainage, wind protection, sun exposure, mulching, and wildlife protection.

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January 23, 2014

Richard Hentschel host of Green Side Up continues his 5 part series on dwarf fruit trees and discusses the merits of starting to train your fruit trees the year they are planted. Early bearing is one of the advantages of early training. Proper training for structure when the tree is young follows through the entire life of the tree. Training those first scaffold branches starting 20-24 inches from the soil will allow the tree to remain small

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January 16, 2014

Host Richard Hentschel begins a 5 part series discussing the benefits of using dwarf fruit trees in the home orchard. The majority of fruit trees grown in Northern Illinois is often apple varieties. Richard talks about the different ways we can get a dwarf tree and the advantages of dwarf trees in our backyards.

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January 9, 2014

Host Richard Hentschel talks about repurposing the holiday tree. Using community recycling programs can be the most convenient, yet using it in your own yard can provide more enjoyment for the rest of the winter. Using the tree as a feeder station and winter protection for the overwintering birds is one way. Another is using the evergreen branches to mulch tender perennials by placing them in the snow covered beds.

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January 2, 2014

Richard Hentschel, host of Green Side Up talks with Ellen Phillips about locally available programing benefiting growers or those who might consider getting into local farming. Ellen mentions events in January and February. The February event is about connecting farmers with buyers. Richard and Ellen also talk about how soil is so important to not just the local grower, but each of use as a home grower. Ellen talks about how the soil we grow in is very much alive and what we can do to ensure that the "soil system" is working well. Ellen also cautions that beside the usual soil tests, but to be sure your garden soil is tested for heavy metals, especially lead.

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