Due to the life-threatening cold that shut down schools and businesses through much of the Midwest yesterday, we'll spend the first few minutes of this hour on Focus checking in with State Climatologist Jim Angel to get an update on the weather and hear a little more about this weekend's storm.
Then, we’ll turn our attention to thoughts of warmer days ahead… There are lots of beautiful plants to incorporate into a garden, and if you're a person who likes function as well as beauty, planting a herb garden might be a good way to go. This hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with Chuck Voigt, University of Illinois Extension vegetable and herb specialist, and Holly Shimizu, Executive Director of the US Botanical Garden about herbs.
Shimizu was the first to plant an herb garden at the US Botanical Garden in Washington D.C., and she says she likes caring for what she calls "useful" plants. In the last 15 years, she’s says she seen an incredible change in attitude when it comes to growing, cooking with and healing with herbs. Have you? Let us know this hour on Focus!
The UI Extension’s 15th annual herb day will be hosted January 18 starting at 9:00 a.m. at the Urbana Holiday Inn. Find more information here.
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!
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.
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.