This hour on Focus, we’ll talk with horticulture expert Sandy Mason and Karen Geiser, a market gardener, about extending the growing season and eating fresh and local during the winter months. We welcome your calls and questions this hour on Focus!
Colder weather is upon us, but that doesn’t mean you can’t continue to grow vegetables. This hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with market gardener Karen Geiser, who owns Karen’s Garden Delights in Kidron Ohio, about cold hearty plants and vegetables. She says she cold frames, high tunnels and low tunnels to ensure she has fresh food from her garden all year round. And of course, University of Illinois Extension horticulture expert Sandy Mason also joins us. We welcome your gardening questions this hour on Focus!
Geiser is in town this weekend presenting two lectures, one about extending the growing season and another about feeding a family from the garden all year long, at this year’s Organic Gardening Day, sponsored by University of Illinois Extension, Saturday, November 9 at the at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center in Urbana.
Fall is officially here; leaves are starting to change color from green to bright yellows, oranges and reds, in perfect time for Mike Brunk, city arborist for Urbana to join us on Focus to talk about why fall foliage is brighter some years than others. He says he expects this year to be a good year to observe the changing of the seasons. Host Jim Meadows talks with Brunk about why deciduous trees lose their leaves in the fall and will give us an update on how the effects of the emerald ash borer in our area. And of course, Sandy Mason, our resident gardening expert, will also be here today to answer your lawn and garden questions.
We all know what kinds of insects we don’t want in our gardens… but how do you attract the ones you do want? This hour on Focus, Jim Meadows talks with University of Illinois Pollinatarium Director Lesley Deem about the ways to attract and maintain an active pollinator presence in your garden. She’ll tell us about how the shapes and colors of the plants you have can attract bees, butterflies and other pollinators. We’ll also hear about some of the upcoming workshops and events at the pollinatarium…and will find out what exactly the pollinatarium is. Sandy Mason, our resident gardening expert, will also be here to answer your lawn and garden questions.
Over and underwatering plants is one of the key reasons why those of you who answered “black” are having trouble keeping your plants alive. This hour on Focus, we’ll talk with Eduardo Torrealba. He’s the CEO of Oso Technologies, a new company formed in Urbana. He and his colleagues have developed a new product called Plantlink that’s designed to help novice gardeners help their plants thrive and conserve water. Sandy Mason, University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Expert, will also be here to answer questions about your lawn and garden.