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Fire Pit & Fireplace Season

Posted: Wednesday, October 17, 2018 | podcast: Green Side Up

With temperatures dropping, the outdoor fire pit and indoor fireplaces are coming back in use. Whether you cut, split and dry your own firewood or buy it for the winter, good management will reward you with more heat and less smoke. Host Richard Hentschel provides firewood tips for the season.


Giant Puffballs

Posted: Friday, September 28, 2018 | podcast: Spotlight on Natural Resources

Peggy Doty, Extension Educator in Natural Resources, explains this large white mushroom that appears this time of year.


Boggled by Bulbs?

Posted: Tuesday, September 25, 2018 | podcast: Green Side Up

Confused about spring and summer flowering bulbs? Host Richard Hentschel takes away some of the mystery on why we call them what we do and why we plant them when we do. It is all about winter hardiness. In addition, he explains why not everything we call a bulb is a bulb.


What to do with Powdery Mildew

Posted: Thursday, September 6, 2018 | podcast: Green Side Up

ILLINOIS Extension Educator Richard Hentschel talks about a very common foliage disease that can be seen on a wide variety of landscape plants and in the vegetable garden. Powdery Mildew is aptly named for the spores that create a distinct white appearance to plant leaves. Typical at the end of the growing season, it can be found on a number of plants, such as phlox, lilac, squash and cucumbers. Learn if you should treat this disease in this Green Side Up podcast.


Don't Forget the Garden this Fall

Posted: Thursday, September 6, 2018 | podcast: Green Side Up

Host Richard Hentschel promotes using the family vegetable garden well into the fall, even though the start of school often seems to signal the end of the season to many home gardeners. There is still time to grow, harvest and enjoy fresh vegetables for several more weeks.