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Ep. 166 Grow something new with us: Good Growing Grow Along | #GoodGrowing

2/23/2024
Do you like growing new things in the garden? Then come grow along with us! On this week’s Good Growing Podcast, we roll out our newest project, the Good Growing Grow Along. We’ve selected six new plants/cultivars to grow in our gardens, and you can grow them along with us. We also discuss some new plants that have been in the news lately. Watch us on YouTube: https://youtu.be/sUH6D73-fFg Skip to what you want to know: 00:30 – Welcome, Ken and Emily! 01:45 – What’s new in the plant world in 2024? – glowing petunias 06:50 – What’s new in the plant world in 2024? – purple tomatoes 13:00 – Is there a benefit to growing new things in the garden? 18:03 – Introducing the Good Growing Grow Along! 22:00 – Runner Bean ‘Black Knight’ 23:50 – Okra ‘Candle Fire’ 27:45 – Mizuna ‘Japanese Pink’ 30:45 – Acorn Squash ‘Honey Bun’ 33:20 – Cucumber ‘Lemon Cuke’ 37:05 – Southern Pea (Cow Pea) ‘Hog Brain’ 41:20 – How do I participate in the Good Growing Grow Along? 47:00 – Wrap-up, thank yous, what’s up next week, and goodbye! Join us for the Good Growing Grow Along: https://go.illinois.edu/GrowAlong Contact us! Chris Enroth: cenroth@illinois.edu Ken Johnson: kjohnso@illinois.edu Emily Swihart: eswihart@illinois.edu Check out the Good Growing Blog: https://go.illinois.edu/goodgrowing Subscribe to the weekly Good Growing email: https://go.illinois.edu/goodgrowingsubscribe Any products or companies mentioned during the podcast are in no way a promotion or endorsement of these products or companies. -- You can find us on most podcast platforms. iTunes https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/good-growing/id1446630377 Stitcher https://www.stitcher.com/show/good-growing Tunein https://tunein.com/podcasts/Gardening/Good-Growing-p1187964/ Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/202u3siWExE1tTqrVgtmCR Vurbl https://vurbl.com/station/good-growing-4pljnNlUtyG/ Listen notes https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/good-growing-chris-enroth-cHLPMWpvEOG/ Ivy https://ivy.fm/podcast/good-growing-167902 Castbox https://castbox.fm/channel/Good-Growing-id4302614?country=us Google podcasts https://bit.ly/3AiYjTD

Duration:00:50:07

Ep. 165 Strategies for farming in contaminated soil Part II | #GoodGrowing

2/16/2024
This week is the second half of our conversation with Zack Grant about urban farming and dealing with contaminated soils. Zack details techniques that urban farmers and gardeners can use to avoid growing in contaminated soils. We also dive into the importance of soil testing and how to pick a soil lab and use the results to guide your amendment decisions. Throughout this process, Zack keeps bringing up the key point that often we can overdo it with amendments. He mentions how compost can become a major water polluter if used too ambitiously. Watch us on YouTube https://youtu.be/wY4MmIUjftA Skip to what you want to know: 0:55 What materials do you use to cap and fill on top of contaminated soil? - Landscape fabric, woodchips, 50/50 soil/compost mix 5:30 Based on the budget and scale of your site, how do you approach contaminated soils? 6:27 What options are available when considering cap and fill. 7:29 Diagrams of cap and fill techniques. 9:11 Issue of the use of compost and nutrient runoff concerns. 14:15 Soil testing - where can people go to learn about soil testing and how to do it. https://extension.illinois.edu/soil/soil-testing 17:47 Importance of soil testing and how we use it to manage soil fertility and reduce pollution. 23:41 Applying scientific research to the varying agricultural systems. 27:49 Take-home message covering the past two episodes. 29:34 Thank yous and coming up next week. Big surprise! Soil Scientist, Andrew McQuire's Blog recommended by Zack https://extension.wsu.edu/grant/andrew-mcguires-homepage/ Check out SoSuCo’s Instagram https://www.instagram.com/sosuco_urban_ag/ SoSuCo YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYr1qobBXdo&list=PLffsjFIQsK0ZG_Sx29hoGsrVlzh_IxzB_ Is there lead in your soil? New Chicago-area map tells you https://extension.illinois.edu/news-releases/there-lead-your-soil-new-chicago-area-map-tells-you Contact us! Chris Enroth: cenroth@illinois.edu Ken Johnson: kjohnso@illinois.edu Check out the Good Growing Blog: https://go.illinois.edu/goodgrowing Subscribe to the weekly Good Growing email: https://go.illinois.edu/goodgrowingsubscribe Any products or companies mentioned during the podcast are in no way a promotion or endorsement of these products or companies. -- You can find us on most podcast platforms. iTunes https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/good-growing/id1446630377 Stitcher https://www.stitcher.com/show/good-growing Tunein https://tunein.com/podcasts/Gardening/Good-Growing-p1187964/ Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/202u3siWExE1tTqrVgtmCR Vurbl https://vurbl.com/station/good-growing-4pljnNlUtyG/ Listen notes https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/good-growing-chris-enroth-cHLPMWpvEOG/ Ivy https://ivy.fm/podcast/good-growing-167902 Castbox https://castbox.fm/channel/Good-Growing-id4302614?country=us

Duration:00:31:07

Ep. 164 Urban Agriculture & Soil Contamination with Zack Grant Part I | #GoodGrowing

2/9/2024
This week on the Good Growing podcast Ken and Chris chat with local foods and small farms educator Zack Grant about urban farming and dealing with contaminated soils. Zack describes what it's like to grow in urban conditions and how we inevitably encounter soil contamination. Plus we dive into his research on soil lead contamination and what contamination levels look like across Cook County. Check us out on YouTube: https://youtu.be/ugAPOKIcr7w Skip to what you want to know: 0:28 - Hey Ken! What type of soils are we dealing with at our homes? Could it be contaminated? 3:10 – Welcome Zack Grant! Zack’s Extension demo site SoSuCo (Southside Suburban Cook County). What type of soil does Zack grow in Cook County? 8:44 – What is urban agriculture and what type of crops are grown in these environments? 11:04 - Getting to know SoSuCo. The different demonstration plots and seeing what Zack grows there. 17:56 – Zack’s vlog Urban Ag Connect and the challenges of trying to get research-based info out in the social media world. 20:58 – How do urban soils differ from other soils? What is the primary concern? 26:58 – What about arsenic in rural areas? 30:24 – Talking about on-site (in situ) remediation of cap and fill 31:44 – Bioremediation, does it work to use plants to remove heavy metals from soil? 33:43 – Talking about Zack's soil lead contamination project with Dr. Andrew Margenot. How they used a portable x-ray device to scan soils to determine chemical composition and contamination levels. 40:15 – Results of lead soil testing in Cook County. And what thresholds of lead are okay to work in? 44:09 – What are the risks when growing in contaminated soil? What are the pathways for exposure? 45:34 – What are best practices to minimize exposure? 46:22 – Are there other datasets for other soil contaminates? Check out SoSuCo’s Instagram https://www.instagram.com/sosuco_urban_ag/ SoSuCo YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYr1qobBXdo&list=PLffsjFIQsK0ZG_Sx29hoGsrVlzh_IxzB_ Is there lead in your soil? New Chicago-area map tells you https://extension.illinois.edu/news-releases/there-lead-your-soil-new-chicago-area-map-tells-you Contact us! Chris Enroth: cenroth@illinois.edu Ken Johnson: kjohnso@illinois.edu Check out the Good Growing Blog: https://go.illinois.edu/goodgrowing Subscribe to the weekly Good Growing email: https://go.illinois.edu/goodgrowingsubscribe Any products or companies mentioned during the podcast are in no way a promotion or endorsement of these products or companies. -- You can find us on most podcast platforms. iTunes https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/good-growing/id1446630377 Stitcher https://www.stitcher.com/show/good-growing Tunein https://tunein.com/podcasts/Gardening/Good-Growing-p1187964/ Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/202u3siWExE1tTqrVgtmCR Vurbl https://vurbl.com/station/good-growing-4pljnNlUtyG/ Listen notes https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/good-growing-chris-enroth-cHLPMWpvEOG/ Ivy https://ivy.fm/podcast/good-growing-167902 Castbox https://castbox.fm/channel/Good-Growing-id4302614?country=us

Duration:00:50:35

Ep. 163 Winter kids activities for both indoors and out | #GoodGrowing

2/2/2024
Have you been stuck indoors with children this winter? Are they driving you crazy? You’re in luck! On this week’s Good Growing Podcast, University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator Brittnay Haag joins us to talk about different garden and nature activities we can do with our kids, both indoors and out. Watch us on YouTube: https://youtu.be/vn8HDTxy8DM Skip to what you want to know: 00:45 – Welcome, Ken, what’s the strange orange ball in the sky? 02:50 – Welcome, Brittnay. What does Chris think of when he hears McLean County? 04:20 – Why is it important for kids to go outside? 06:08 – Getting kids to help in the garden. 08:14 – Gardening activities for the indoors during the winter 13:20 – What about outdoors? Outdoor winter activities for kids. 20:45 – Valentine's Day is coming up: gift ideas that kids can make. 27:20 – Fun with birds! Observing and feeding 33:00 - Wrap-up, thank yous, what’s up next week, and goodbye! How to make homemade seed cards: https://extension.illinois.edu/blogs/good-growing/2021-02-11-how-make-homemade-seed-cards-valentines-day Great Backyard Bird Count: https://www.birdcount.org/ Create a Winter Bird Haven: https://youtu.be/_yLih1FYRfM Make a toilet paper roll bird feeder: https://youtu.be/EQcbfivmyvQ How to Make a Bird Food Garland with Popcorn, Cranberries, and More: https://youtu.be/IyozQ-KuCVA Make your own suet log bird feeder: https://youtu.be/3Rr0ZssYbBM Contact us! Chris Enroth: cenroth@illinois.edu Ken Johnson: kjohnso@illinois.edu Check out the Good Growing Blog: https://go.illinois.edu/goodgrowing Subscribe to the weekly Good Growing email: https://go.illinois.edu/goodgrowingsubscribe Any products or companies mentioned during the podcast are in no way a promotion or endorsement of these products or companies. -- You can find us on most podcast platforms. iTunes https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/good-growing/id1446630377 Stitcher https://www.stitcher.com/show/good-growing Tunein https://tunein.com/podcasts/Gardening/Good-Growing-p1187964/ Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/202u3siWExE1tTqrVgtmCR Vurbl https://vurbl.com/station/good-growing-4pljnNlUtyG/ Listen notes https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/good-growing-chris-enroth-cHLPMWpvEOG/ Ivy https://ivy.fm/podcast/good-growing-167902 Castbox https://castbox.fm/channel/Good-Growing-id4302614?country=us Google podcasts https://bit.ly/3AiYjTD

Duration:00:35:02

Ep. 162 The science behind bee hotels | #GoodGrowing

1/26/2024
This week’s episode of the Good Growing Podcast features Ken and Chris in conversation with Brodie Dunn and Timo Wayman. The discussion revolves around a new research project on bee hotels that includes a citizen science component. Brodie and Timo share their insights on what they hope to discover through this scientific endeavor, and whether bee hotels are beneficial or detrimental to bees. Tune in to learn how you can contribute to this scientific cause and become a citizen scientist. Skip to what you want to know: 0:28 Hey Ken! Bugs are cool now and what kind of bee hotels do we have? 2:48 Welcome Timo and Brodie from the most podcast-y location we've ever had on the show! 4:07 What drew Timo to studying insects? 7:10 What are bee hotels and how do the help bees? 11:44 Do only bees use bee hotels? What about wasps and other insects? Problems with bees hotels. 13:34 Predation from natural enemies if bees and wasps like the cuckoo wasp (cleptoparasites). 15:19 Diseases showing up in bee hotels. 16:40 What about invasive bees using bee hotels? 19:10 How much research is out there regarding bee hotels? 27:31 How do bees utilize bee hotels? 30:06 Is there a recommendation on where to put a bee hotel in the landscape? 31:32 How do the bee babies get out of the galleries drilled into the wood? 34:11 What could someone look for when buying a bee hotel? Should people buy bee hotels!? 35:22 Talking about the bee hotel research. How can Illinoisians contribute to increasing our knowledge? 44:29 How can people learn more about this project or contact Timo? go.Illinois.edu/BeeHotel Urban environments have species-specific associations with invasive insect herbivores https://doi.org/10.1093/jue/juac011 Contact us! Chris Enroth: cenroth@illinois.edu Ken Johnson: kjohnso@illinois.edu Check out the Good Growing Blog: https://go.illinois.edu/goodgrowing Subscribe to the weekly Good Growing email: https://go.illinois.edu/goodgrowingsubscribe Any products or companies mentioned during the podcast are in no way a promotion or endorsement of these products or companies. -- You can find us on most podcast platforms. iTunes https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/good-growing/id1446630377 Stitcher https://www.stitcher.com/show/good-growing Tunein https://tunein.com/podcasts/Gardening/Good-Growing-p1187964/ Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/202u3siWExE1tTqrVgtmCR Vurbl https://vurbl.com/station/good-growing-4pljnNlUtyG/ Listen notes https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/good-growing-chris-enroth-cHLPMWpvEOG/ Ivy https://ivy.fm/podcast/good-growing-167902 Castbox https://castbox.fm/channel/Good-Growing-id4302614?country=us Google podcasts https://bit.ly/3AiYjTD

Duration:00:51:03

Gardenbite: Composting with worms indoors | #GoodGrowing

1/19/2024
Have you been longing to get outside and play in the dirt? Then vermicomposting may be for you! Learn about how to compost indoors with worms, from containers to use, how to prepare the growing media and food, how to harvest your worm compost, and more! Contact us! Chris Enroth: cenroth@illinois.edu Ken Johnson: kjohnso@illinois.edu Check out the Good Growing Blog: https://go.illinois.edu/goodgrowing Subscribe to the weekly Good Growing email: https://go.illinois.edu/goodgrowingsubscribe Any products or companies mentioned during the podcast are in no way a promotion or endorsement of these products or companies. -- You can find us on most podcast platforms. iTunes https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/good-growing/id1446630377 Stitcher https://www.stitcher.com/show/good-growing Tunein https://tunein.com/podcasts/Gardening/Good-Growing-p1187964/ Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/202u3siWExE1tTqrVgtmCR Vurbl https://vurbl.com/station/good-growing-4pljnNlUtyG/ Listen notes https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/good-growing-chris-enroth-cHLPMWpvEOG/ Ivy https://ivy.fm/podcast/good-growing-167902 Castbox https://castbox.fm/channel/Good-Growing-id4302614?country=us Google podcasts https://bit.ly/3AiYjTD

Duration:00:08:27

Ep. 161 Winter Weather and How to Protect Your Plants | #GoodGrowing

1/12/2024
This week’s episode of the Good Growing Podcast is all about snow and ice. Ken and Chris discuss how to deal with snow and ice on trees and shrubs, problems to avoid with rock salt, tips for using deicers, and much more. Tune in to the Good Growing Podcast to learn more about how to protect your plants from the winter weather. Thank you for listening! Skip to what you want to know: 0:34 Hey Ken! Winter has finally arrived in Illinois. Are we ready for the upcoming cold snap? 1:51 How do we handle ice and snow weighing down tree limbs? 4:35 What trees are better adapted to dealing with ice and snow? Needled evergreens vs. deciduous. 6:07 Talking how branch angles influence the strength of limbs. What branch angle is best? 8:02 Protecting columnar, upright trees and shrubs. 9:20 Where is the best spot to place piles of shoveled/plowed snow? 11:48 The pitfall of shoveling salt-laden snow into one spot. 12:11 Talking deicing salts. What are they and how it can damage plants. 13:35 Salt’s effect on soils. 15:58 Salt spray and how plants near roads are often affected. 17:58 Discussion of salt tolerant plant lists. 19:22 Alternative to rock salt (sodium chloride). 24:20 Tips on using deicing salts. 27:15 The benefits of snow. 31:00 Thank you’s, goodbye, and coming up next week. Salt Tolerant Plant List https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0145/8808/4272/files/A3877.pdf Contact us! Chris Enroth: cenroth@illinois.edu Ken Johnson: kjohnso@illinois.edu Check out the Good Growing Blog: https://go.illinois.edu/goodgrowing Subscribe to the weekly Good Growing email: https://go.illinois.edu/goodgrowingsubscribe Any products or companies mentioned during the podcast are in no way a promotion or endorsement of these products or companies. -- You can find us on most podcast platforms. iTunes https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/good-growing/id1446630377 Stitcher https://www.stitcher.com/show/good-growing Tunein https://tunein.com/podcasts/Gardening/Good-Growing-p1187964/ Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/202u3siWExE1tTqrVgtmCR Vurbl https://vurbl.com/station/good-growing-4pljnNlUtyG/ Listen notes https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/good-growing-chris-enroth-cHLPMWpvEOG/ Ivy https://ivy.fm/podcast/good-growing-167902 Castbox https://castbox.fm/channel/Good-Growing-id4302614?country=us Google podcasts https://bit.ly/3AiYjTD

Duration:00:32:48

Gardenbite: Pruning backyard fruit trees | #GoodGrowing

1/5/2024
It’s that time of year - time to start thinking about pruning your deciduous trees and shrubs. While many of our landscape trees and shrubs don’t necessarily need yearly pruning, the same can’t be said for fruit trees. Learn about why we should prune fruit trees yearly, the different types of pruning cuts we use, and more! Contact us! Chris Enroth: cenroth@illinois.edu Ken Johnson: kjohnso@illinois.edu Check out the Good Growing Blog: https://go.illinois.edu/goodgrowing Subscribe to the weekly Good Growing email: https://go.illinois.edu/goodgrowingsubscribe Any products or companies mentioned during the podcast are in no way a promotion or endorsement of these products or companies. -- You can find us on most podcast platforms. iTunes https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/good-growing/id1446630377 Stitcher https://www.stitcher.com/show/good-growing Tunein https://tunein.com/podcasts/Gardening/Good-Growing-p1187964/ Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/202u3siWExE1tTqrVgtmCR Vurbl https://vurbl.com/station/good-growing-4pljnNlUtyG/ Listen notes https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/good-growing-chris-enroth-cHLPMWpvEOG/ Ivy https://ivy.fm/podcast/good-growing-167902 Castbox https://castbox.fm/channel/Good-Growing-id4302614?country=us Google podcasts https://bit.ly/3AiYjTD

Duration:00:07:32

Gardenbite: A second life to your cut Christmas tree | #GoodGrowing

12/29/2023
In this Gardenbite, Chris explores the various ways to recycle your cut Christmas tree. Many Illinoisians have a Christmas tree disposal day where they can throw out a cut Christmas tree and the city will pick it up and turn it into woodchips. However, there are other ways to give your tree a second life. Chris discusses how to create a shelter for birds, turn the cut tree into food for wildlife, use cut evergreen branches as winter mulch to protect herbaceous perennials, and more! Contact us! Chris Enroth: cenroth@illinois.edu Ken Johnson: kjohnso@illinois.edu Check out the Good Growing Blog: https://go.illinois.edu/goodgrowing Subscribe to the weekly Good Growing email: https://go.illinois.edu/goodgrowingsubscribe Any products or companies mentioned during the podcast are in no way a promotion or endorsement of these products or companies. -- You can find us on most podcast platforms. iTunes https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/good-growing/id1446630377 Stitcher https://www.stitcher.com/show/good-growing Tunein https://tunein.com/podcasts/Gardening/Good-Growing-p1187964/ Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/202u3siWExE1tTqrVgtmCR Vurbl https://vurbl.com/station/good-growing-4pljnNlUtyG/ Listen notes https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/good-growing-chris-enroth-cHLPMWpvEOG/ Ivy https://ivy.fm/podcast/good-growing-167902 Castbox https://castbox.fm/channel/Good-Growing-id4302614?country=us Google podcasts https://bit.ly/3AiYjTD

Duration:00:06:29

Ep. 160 Spice up your holiday with these holiday spices | #GoodGrowing

12/22/2023
Join Ken and Chris on a journey around the world as they explore the fascinating history of quintessential holiday spices. In this episode of the Good Growing Podcast, you will learn about the origins of nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, peppermint, allspice, and ginger, and how they made their way to our spice cabinets. You will also discover what parts of the plants are harvested to produce these spices. And, if you’re a fan of the Spice Girls, you won’t want to miss Chris’s attempt to name them all! Skip to what you want to know: 0:35 Hey Ken, Spice Girls and how Taylor Swift impacted the Christmas tree grower industry 3:13 What’s the difference between a spice and an herb? 4:27 The history of the Spice Trade. 8:19 Nutmeg, what is it, where was it found, how is it used? 9:19 Nutmeg vs. mace 11:48 Harvesting nutmeg 14:40 The history of what the Dutch did to the people of the Banda Islands in the name of nutmeg 16:50 Cinnamon, what is it, where does it come from? 19:00 The different types of cinnamon 21:30 The human labor involved in getting cinnamon to the table. 22:50 Can we grow any cinnamon tree in Illinois? 24:08 Cloves, what is it and where does it come from? 26:15 How are cloves harvested and processed? 29:11 What is an orange pomanders? And other historic clove uses. 32:47 Allspice, what is it and where does it come from? 35:18 What is allspice used for in cooking? Cincinnati-style chili? 36:48 Harvesting and processing of allspice. 37:37 Growing allspice and the other spices we’ve talked about so far at home. 39:34 Peppermint, how is this different from other mints? 42:33 A cautionary tale of growing mints in the ground. 45:11 Ginger, both a spice and an herb! 47:00 Ken’s experience growing ginger this past year and what how he uses it in the kitchen. 48:25 The commercial growing of ginger and the process of growing it in Illinois vs. the tropics. 51:35 Thank yous, happy spicey holidays, and coming up next week. Contact us! Chris Enroth: cenroth@illinois.edu Ken Johnson: kjohnso@illinois.edu Check out the Good Growing Blog: https://go.illinois.edu/goodgrowing Subscribe to the weekly Good Growing email: https://go.illinois.edu/goodgrowingsubscribe Any products or companies mentioned during the podcast are in no way a promotion or endorsement of these products or companies. -- You can find us on most podcast platforms. iTunes https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/good-growing/id1446630377 Stitcher https://www.stitcher.com/show/good-growing Tunein https://tunein.com/podcasts/Gardening/Good-Growing-p1187964/ Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/202u3siWExE1tTqrVgtmCR Vurbl https://vurbl.com/station/good-growing-4pljnNlUtyG/ Listen notes https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/good-growing-chris-enroth-cHLPMWpvEOG/ Ivy https://ivy.fm/podcast/good-growing-167902 Castbox https://castbox.fm/channel/Good-Growing-id4302614?country=us Google podcasts https://bit.ly/3AiYjTD

Duration:00:53:06

Ep. 159 Mistletoe Show: Learn about this holiday parasitic plant | #GoodGrowing

12/14/2023
Join us on a horticultural journey through the world of mistletoe. In this episode, we explore the fascinating history and cultural significance of this parasitic plant. From its unique biology to its horticultural applications, we cover everything you need to know about mistletoe. We also discuss the plant’s role in the ecosystem and where you can find it in Illinois and beyond. Tune in to discover why mistletoe is more than just a holiday decoration! Skip to what you want to know: 0:29 Hey Ken 2:18 Digging into the legends behind mistletoe. Druids, Vikings, and other symbolism. 7:30 Where do you find mistletoe? What are the differences? 9:40 Mistletoe in Illinois and North America 12:02 What does mistletoe translate to mean? 12:36 What is mistletoe? Is mistletoe a parasite? How does it grow? 18:16 How does mistletoe interact with the environment. Is mistletoe good for the ecology of a site? 25:43 How do you control mistletoe if you don’t want it in your tree? 28:55 Chris learns about kissing under the mistletoe and how it’d done. 30:28 Is mistletoe used for anything besides kissing random people? 32:36 Where does mistletoe sold in stores come from? 33:19 Thank yous and coming up next week! Check out this article on Mistletoe: Pathology, systematics, ecology, and management https://apsjournals.apsnet.org/doi/epdf/10.1094/PDIS-92-7-0988 Contact us! Chris Enroth: cenroth@illinois.edu Ken Johnson: kjohnso@illinois.edu Check out the Good Growing Blog: https://go.illinois.edu/goodgrowing Subscribe to the weekly Good Growing email: https://go.illinois.edu/goodgrowingsubscribe Any products or companies mentioned during the podcast are in no way a promotion or endorsement of these products or companies. -- You can find us on most podcast platforms. iTunes https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/good-growing/id1446630377 Stitcher https://www.stitcher.com/show/good-growing Tunein https://tunein.com/podcasts/Gardening/Good-Growing-p1187964/ Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/202u3siWExE1tTqrVgtmCR Vurbl https://vurbl.com/station/good-growing-4pljnNlUtyG/ Listen notes https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/good-growing-chris-enroth-cHLPMWpvEOG/ Ivy https://ivy.fm/podcast/good-growing-167902 Castbox https://castbox.fm/channel/Good-Growing-id4302614?country=us Google podcasts https://bit.ly/3AiYjTD

Duration:00:34:59

Ep. 158 All about Poinsettias: Myths, legends, how they’re grown, and more | #GoodGrowing

12/8/2023
On this week’s Good Growing Podcast, we’re taking a closer look at a holiday staple, the poinsettia. Join us as we discuss the myths and legends that surround the poinsettia, where they come from, how they’re grown, and more! Watch us on YouTube: https://youtu.be/0jY1dNYQG5Y Skip to what you want to know: 00:30 – Welcome, Ken, and what kind of Christmas tree does Chris have? 02:50 – How do you pronounce poinsettia? 04:20 – Where do poinsettias come from? What are some other names it goes by? 06:40 – How did they get the name poinsettia? 07:45 – The complicated legacy of Joel Roberts Poinsett 13:40 – What do poinsettias look like in their native habitat, and how have they changed in cultivation? 16:50 – The poinsettia market 20:20 – What does it take to get a poinsettia to flower? 24:26 – How should poinsettias be transported from the store to your home? 27:55 – What should you do once you get your poinsettia home? 30:05 – How do they keep poinsettias so compact? 34:00 – Are poinsettias poisonous? 36:41 – What other colored poinsettias are out there besides red? 39:45 - Wrap-up, thank yous, what’s up next week, and goodbye! Poinsettia Care Guide - https://extension.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/poinsettia_infosheet.pdf Contact us! Chris Enroth: cenroth@illinois.edu Ken Johnson: kjohnso@illinois.edu Check out the Good Growing Blog: https://go.illinois.edu/goodgrowing Subscribe to the weekly Good Growing email: https://go.illinois.edu/goodgrowingsubscribe Any products or companies mentioned during the podcast are in no way a promotion or endorsement of these products or companies. -- You can find us on most podcast platforms. iTunes https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/good-growing/id1446630377 Stitcher https://www.stitcher.com/show/good-growing Tunein https://tunein.com/podcasts/Gardening/Good-Growing-p1187964/ Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/202u3siWExE1tTqrVgtmCR Vurbl https://vurbl.com/station/good-growing-4pljnNlUtyG/ Listen notes https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/good-growing-chris-enroth-cHLPMWpvEOG/ Ivy https://ivy.fm/podcast/good-growing-167902 Castbox https://castbox.fm/channel/Good-Growing-id4302614?country=us Google podcasts https://bit.ly/3AiYjTD

Duration:00:41:53

Ep. 157 All About Bed Bugs with Entomologist Dr. Kacie Athey | #GoodGrowing

12/1/2023
In this episode, Ken and Chris explore a timely and concerning topic—the resurgence of bed bugs making headlines globally! Join us as we delve into the pressing issue of bed bugs seemingly spiraling out of control. Are these tiny pests staging a global takeover once again? Our special guest, entomologist Dr. Kacie Athey, joins the conversation to address our lingering questions about bed bugs. From tips on avoiding these unwelcome companions during your travels to guidance on handling a bed bug discovery in your home, we cover it all. Tune in to the latest episode of the Good Growing Podcast for an informative discussion on bed bugs! Skip to what you want to know: 0:41 Hey Ken! Are we ready for winter? 3:36 Welcome back Kacie! What is Dr. Athey’s experience with bed bugs? 6:25 What is going on in the world with bed bugs all over the news? 10:00 Why are we concerned about bed bugs? Do bed bugs spread disease? What are their bites like? 14:19 What about the stigma and anxiety associated with bed bugs? How do we tell the difference between actual bed bugs and the anxiety that causes phantom itching? In some cases, a serious mental health issue is known as delusionary parasitosis. 18:12 Why are bed bugs so difficult to control now? And why are we seeing cases of bed bugs today? 21:11 Where do we look for bed bugs whether in our home or a hotel? 25:36 What do we do with our luggage at a hotel? 28:07 What is the recommended treatment to get rid of bed bugs? Heat vs. insecticides Diatomaceous earth Clean the clutter! 31:07 What about clothing and bedding items? Will cold temperatures work just as well as heat? 33:30 Have bed bugs always been part of human society? What’s the history? 34:50 Bed bugs have been with us a long time. We list some fun bed bug names. 37:00 What do we expect to see for bed bug populations in the future? 38:21 What are bat bugs? 40:28 What can we do to avoid bringing bed bugs home when we travel? 42:20 Dr. Athey’s PSA – Be skeptical when a person posts a blurry picture on social media and claims it is a bed bug! 43:40 All done this week! Thank you’s and next week. Resources: Using Heat to Kill Bed Bugs https://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/pdf/bb-heat1.pdf The History of Bed Bug Management: With lesson from the past https://agresearch.montana.edu/wtarc/producerinfo/entomology-insect-ecology/BedBugs/BedbugsMangement.pdf Contact us! Dr. Athey’s email kathey@illinois.edu Chris Enroth: cenroth@illinois.edu Ken Johnson: kjohnso@illinois.edu Check out the Good Growing Blog: https://go.illinois.edu/goodgrowing Subscribe to the weekly Good Growing email: https://go.illinois.edu/goodgrowingsubscribe Any products or companies mentioned during the podcast are in no way a promotion or endorsement of these products or companies. -- You can find us on most podcast platforms. iTunes https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/good-growing/id1446630377 Stitcher https://www.stitcher.com/show/good-growing Tunein https://tunein.com/podcasts/Gardening/Good-Growing-p1187964/ Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/202u3siWExE1tTqrVgtmCR Vurbl https://vurbl.com/station/good-growing-4pljnNlUtyG/ Listen notes https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/good-growing-chris-enroth-cHLPMWpvEOG/ Ivy https://ivy.fm/podcast/good-growing-167902 Castbox https://castbox.fm/channel/Good-Growing-id4302614?country=us Google podcasts https://bit.ly/3AiYjTD

Duration:00:45:47

Gardenbite: Growing Christmas trees | #GoodGrowing

11/24/2023
Thanksgiving is over, which means many of us will be going out to pick out our Christmas trees. On this week’s Good Growing Podcast, we’re taking a trip back to 2020 when we talked with Robert Richardson with the Illinois Christmas Tree Association. Learn about the process of growing Christmas trees from when they go in the ground until you pick one out. Want to see or listen to the entire show? Watch this episode on YouTube or listen on our website. YouTube: https://youtu.be/Z7D5ckMCEX8 Good Growing Podcast: https://extension.illinois.edu/podcasts/good-growing/ep-48-talking-christmas-trees-robert-richardson Contact us! Chris Enroth: cenroth@illinois.edu Ken Johnson: kjohnso@illinois.edu Check out the Good Growing Blog: https://go.illinois.edu/goodgrowing Subscribe to the weekly Good Growing email: https://go.illinois.edu/goodgrowingsubscribe Any products or companies mentioned during the podcast are in no way a promotion or endorsement of these products or companies. -- You can find us on most podcast platforms. iTunes https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/good-growing/id1446630377 Stitcher https://www.stitcher.com/show/good-growing Tunein https://tunein.com/podcasts/Gardening/Good-Growing-p1187964/ Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/202u3siWExE1tTqrVgtmCR Vurbl https://vurbl.com/station/good-growing-4pljnNlUtyG/ Listen notes https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/good-growing-chris-enroth-cHLPMWpvEOG/ Ivy https://ivy.fm/podcast/good-growing-167902 Castbox https://castbox.fm/channel/Good-Growing-id4302614?country=us Google podcasts https://bit.ly/3AiYjTD

Duration:00:13:02

Gardenbite Turkey Talk: Tips for growing your own turkey | #GoodGrowing

11/17/2023
This week the Good Growing podcast rewinds to when we chatted with local foods educator James Thueri all about turkeys. James talks about how the commercial producers get the turkey from egg to plate. Plus, James gives tips if for those interested in raising their own heritage breeds in their own backyard. Listen to the entire podcast https://extension.illinois.edu/podcasts/good-growing/ep-46-talking-turkey-and-backyard-livestock-james-theuri Skip to what you want to know: Skip to what you want to know: 1:30 James warns against doing a rabbit program near Easter 2:59 Are most turkey growers making all their money just from Thanksgiving? 4:45 How long does it take to grow a turkey? 6:36 How far apart is the value of heritage turkeys versus commercial breeds? 8:56 What is the main commercially bred meat-producing turkey sold in grocery stores? 11:05 Are the larger meat birds too large to naturally breed? Do they need artificial insemination? 11:37 Chickens have a problem with predators. Can turkeys defend themselves? 14:46 If a person would like to grow their own Thanksgiving turkey, is this something we can do on our own? What space does a turkey need? 16:36 How do you care for turkey poults (babies) when they arrive? 19:00 What breeds of turkey would a homeowner want to raise? Bourbon red 21:00 Bronze 21:50 Royal Palm 23:15 Slate 24:48 Is it better to order poults or hatch your own poults? 27:02 Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving! Contact us! Chris Enroth: cenroth@illinois.edu Ken Johnson: kjohnso@illinois.edu Check out the Good Growing Blog: https://go.illinois.edu/goodgrowing Subscribe to the weekly Good Growing email: https://go.illinois.edu/goodgrowingsubscribe Any products or companies mentioned during the podcast are in no way a promotion or endorsement of these products or companies. -- You can find us on most podcast platforms. iTunes https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/good-growing/id1446630377 Stitcher https://www.stitcher.com/show/good-growing Tunein https://tunein.com/podcasts/Gardening/Good-Growing-p1187964/ Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/202u3siWExE1tTqrVgtmCR Vurbl https://vurbl.com/station/good-growing-4pljnNlUtyG/ Listen notes https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/good-growing-chris-enroth-cHLPMWpvEOG/ Ivy https://ivy.fm/podcast/good-growing-167902 Castbox https://castbox.fm/channel/Good-Growing-id4302614?country=us Google podcasts https://bit.ly/3AiYjTD

Duration:00:27:40

Ep. 156 Fall garden Q&A and garden updates | #GoodGrowing

11/10/2023
On this week’s Good Growing Podcast, we’re answering some of your fall gardening questions. Learn about overwintering mum and dahlias, white pines dropping needles, keeping feral cats out of gardens, and more! We also give an update on what’s going on with the leaves in our yards and how our gardens fared this year. Watch us on YouTube: https://youtu.be/BXgo-nq9KNo Skip to what you want to know: 00:30 – Welcome, Ken, and what’s up with the weather? 01:15 – Leaf report from our yards and what we are doing with them 06:50 – How did our gardens fare this year? 15:05 – I didn’t get my mums planted; can I overwinter them? 16:43 – Should I worry about white pines dropping needles? Will spraying an anti-desiccant help? 20:55 – How can I overwinter dahlias? 23:42 – Toads coming in with potted plants 25:06 – What can I do to keep feral cats out of my garden? 29:52 – What are the black and orange bugs all over the place? 34:32 - Wrap-up, thank yous, what’s up next week, and goodbye! What new vegetables are we growing in 2023 (and a shade tree) - https://youtu.be/hww7vEXP3_0 What new flowers are we growing in 2023 - https://youtu.be/q_HGNwhTvqE Contact us! Chris Enroth: cenroth@illinois.edu Ken Johnson: kjohnso@illinois.edu Check out the Good Growing Blog: https://go.illinois.edu/goodgrowing Subscribe to the weekly Good Growing email: https://go.illinois.edu/goodgrowingsubscribe Any products or companies mentioned during the podcast are in no way a promotion or endorsement of these products or companies. -- You can find us on most podcast platforms. iTunes https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/good-growing/id1446630377 Stitcher https://www.stitcher.com/show/good-growing Tunein https://tunein.com/podcasts/Gardening/Good-Growing-p1187964/ Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/202u3siWExE1tTqrVgtmCR Vurbl https://vurbl.com/station/good-growing-4pljnNlUtyG/ Listen notes https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/good-growing-chris-enroth-cHLPMWpvEOG/ Ivy https://ivy.fm/podcast/good-growing-167902 Castbox https://castbox.fm/channel/Good-Growing-id4302614?country=us Google podcasts https://bit.ly/3AiYjTD

Duration:00:35:47

Ep. 155 Stewarding our community tree canopies | #GoodGrowing

11/3/2023
This week on the Good Growing podcast Chris and Ken chat with horticulture educator Sarah Vogel and horticulture program coordinator Jenny Lee promoting an upcoming series for tree care professionals called the Community Tree Care Series. During the online webinar participants will go from basics to more complex topics in tree care. It is a great opportunity for Illinois arborists needing CEUs or training staff who maintain trees. Register for the online Community Tree Care Series at https://go.illinois.edu/treecareseries Skip to what you want to know: 0:28 - Hey Ken! Are we ready for the first big freeze? 3:46 - Welcome Sarah and Jenny! 4:22 - What is the Community Tree Care Series and how did it get started? 7:09 - Is this course all online or is it in-person? 9:50 - The difference between forestry and community forestry (urban forestry) 11:23 - Who should sign up for the Community Tree Care Series? 13:09 - What can I expect to learn from the three webinars? Session 1 15:11 - Session 2 17:07 - Session 3 19:42 - Plus there are in-person sessions to help identify needs for that local community tree population! Where will they be and what to expect from these? 22:25 - How do we sign up? go.illinois.edu/TreeCareSeries 23:24 - Is there a fee? 24:18 - What are the most common mistakes when it comes to tree care that this series will help to eliminate? The four horsemen of tree failure (treepocolypse?) 26:54 - The problem with mulch and trees 28:36 - Why is it important to train tree professionals about tree care beyond cutting and removal of trees? 33:55 - Thank you's and coming up next week Contact us! Chris Enroth: cenroth@illinois.edu Ken Johnson: kjohnso@illinois.edu Check out the Good Growing Blog: https://go.illinois.edu/goodgrowing Subscribe to the weekly Good Growing email: https://go.illinois.edu/goodgrowingsubscribe Any products or companies mentioned during the podcast are in no way a promotion or endorsement of these products or companies. -- You can find us on most podcast platforms. iTunes https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/good-growing/id1446630377 Stitcher https://www.stitcher.com/show/good-growing Tunein https://tunein.com/podcasts/Gardening/Good-Growing-p1187964/ Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/202u3siWExE1tTqrVgtmCR Vurbl https://vurbl.com/station/good-growing-4pljnNlUtyG/ Listen notes https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/good-growing-chris-enroth-cHLPMWpvEOG/ Ivy https://ivy.fm/podcast/good-growing-167902 Castbox https://castbox.fm/channel/Good-Growing-id4302614?country=us Google podcasts https://bit.ly/3AiYjTD

Duration:00:35:38

Ep. 154 Spooky plant diseases: Diseases that have changed the course of history | #GoodGrowing

10/27/2023
We’re all dressed up for this week’s Good Growing podcast because it’s our Halloween Spooktacular! This year, we are joined by Dr. Chelsea Harbach to talk about some spooky plant diseases that have had some significant historical impacts. Learn about ergot, late blight, and coffee rust and how they’ve changed the course of history. Watch us, and see our costumes on YouTube: https://youtu.be/oEzbf1LuLLg Skip to what you want to know: 00:15 – Welcome, Ken and Chelsea, and what are we dressed up as this year? 04:40 – Ergot and the Salem Witch Trials 11:10 – Ergot in current times 15:35 – The Irish Potato Famine 23:20 – The start of plant pathology 24:40 – Diagnosing diseases in current times 28:00 – How did late blight get to Ireland? 30:00 – Are modern-day crops at risk? 32:33 – Coffee leaf rust 39:34 – Why do the British drink tea instead of coffee? 41:00 - Wrap-up, thank yous, what’s up next week, and goodbye! I See Dead Plants Podcast: Coffee rust - https://cropprotectionnetwork.org/podcast/episode/s1-e6-coffee-rust-the-parasite-that-wants-to-ruin-your-morning Contact us! Chris Enroth: cenroth@illinois.edu Ken Johnson: kjohnso@illinois.edu Check out the Good Growing Blog: https://go.illinois.edu/goodgrowing Subscribe to the weekly Good Growing email: https://go.illinois.edu/goodgrowingsubscribe Any products or companies mentioned during the podcast are in no way a promotion or endorsement of these products or companies. -- You can find us on most podcast platforms. iTunes https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/good-growing/id1446630377 Stitcher https://www.stitcher.com/show/good-growing Tunein https://tunein.com/podcasts/Gardening/Good-Growing-p1187964/ Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/202u3siWExE1tTqrVgtmCR Vurbl https://vurbl.com/station/good-growing-4pljnNlUtyG/ Listen notes https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/good-growing-chris-enroth-cHLPMWpvEOG/ Ivy https://ivy.fm/podcast/good-growing-167902 Castbox https://castbox.fm/channel/Good-Growing-id4302614?country=us Google podcasts https://bit.ly/3AiYjTD

Duration:00:45:05

Ep. 153 Talking Spotted Lanternfly with Dr. Kacie Athey | #GoodGrowing

10/20/2023
This week on the Good Growing Podcast Chris and Ken talk with Dr. Kacie Athey about the newest invasive insect found in Illinois, the spotted lanternfly. Even though it’s only currently in Cook County, this particular bug is likely to spread across the state and Midwest. Will spotted lanternfly devour everything in its path? Or will we barely notice its arrival? Find out this and more on this week’s podcast. Find out what you want to know: 0:49 – Hey Ken. And Chris has trouble remembering what we’re talking about this week 3:29 – Welcome Dr Athey! 4:24 – Will they eat everything? Who needs to be concerned about spotted lanternfly? 7:48 – Where can you find spotted lanternfly as of this recording? (10/17/2023) 8:46 – Where does spotted lanternfly come from? 9:21 – How are they being spread? 11:10 – What does a spotted lanternfly look like? 14:07 – What is their lifecycle? What should we expect to see through the year? 16:04 – Spotted lanternfly’s celebrity status 18:36 – How do I keep them out of my yard? 20:16 – What to do if you see a lanternfly? 20:48 – What are ways we can manage spotted lanternfly? 22:45 – Description of their egg cases 23:55 – Where would you scout for adults? 25:16 - Does spotted lanternfly smell bad when smashed like a brown marmorated stinkbug? 27:57 – Does the bright color of the insect mean it’s dangerous? 28:53 – How will the swarming behavior affect things? 29:28 – Dr. Athey’s heads up about periodical cicadas coming in 2024. Report spotted lanternfly sightings at lanternfly@illinois.edu Talking Spiders with Dr. Athey https://goodgrowing.transistor.fm/episodes/ep-41-spiders-with-dr-kacie-athey Contact us! Chris Enroth: cenroth@illinois.edu Ken Johnson: kjohnso@illinois.edu Check out the Good Growing Blog: https://go.illinois.edu/goodgrowing Subscribe to the weekly Good Growing email: https://go.illinois.edu/goodgrowingsubscribe Any products or companies mentioned during the podcast are in no way a promotion or endorsement of these products or companies. -- You can find us on most podcast platforms. iTunes https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/good-growing/id1446630377 Stitcher https://www.stitcher.com/show/good-growing Tunein https://tunein.com/podcasts/Gardening/Good-Growing-p1187964/ Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/202u3siWExE1tTqrVgtmCR Vurbl https://vurbl.com/station/good-growing-4pljnNlUtyG/ Listen notes https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/good-growing-chris-enroth-cHLPMWpvEOG/ Ivy https://ivy.fm/podcast/good-growing-167902 Castbox https://castbox.fm/channel/Good-Growing-id4302614?country=us Google podcasts https://bit.ly/3AiYjTD

Duration:00:34:54

Ep. 152 Creating a water-conscious landscape | #GoodGrowing

10/13/2023
On this week’s Good Growing podcast, we welcome Emily Swihart back to talk about water-conscious landscaping! Learn why planning our landscapes with water in mind is important and how we can incorporate water-conscious landscaping into our landscapes. Watch us on YouTube: https://youtu.be/hfIY5e0axak Skip to what you want to know: 00:30 – Welcome, Ken and Emily, and are our landscapes ready for frost? 06:30 – What is water-conscious landscaping? Is it just a fancy way of saying xeriscaping? 07:55 – Do we need to worry about saving water in Illinois? 11:15 - What are some ways we can incorporate water-conscious landscaping into our landscapes? 11:50 – Right plant, right place 18:05 – Mulch 22:47 – How do lawns fit in? 24:43 – Irrigation systems 31:20 – Vegetable gardens use a lot of water, how can we be water-conscious in them? 36:50 – What about harvested water? 38:32 - Now that plants are starting to lose their leaves and go dormant, do we still need to worry about watering them? 43:00 - Wrap-up, thank yous, what’s up next week, and goodbye! Check out other Good Growing Podcast episodes! 2023 weather and what to expect for the winter: https://youtu.be/RYXakCpxO2c All about mulch: https://youtu.be/sqw4Cwr7wjo Contact us! Chris Enroth: cenroth@illinois.edu Ken Johnson: kjohnso@illinois.edu Emily Swihart: eswihart@illinois.edu Check out the Good Growing Blog: https://go.illinois.edu/goodgrowing Subscribe to the weekly Good Growing email: https://go.illinois.edu/goodgrowingsubscribe Any products or companies mentioned during the podcast are in no way a promotion or endorsement of these products or companies. -- You can find us on most podcast platforms. iTunes https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/good-growing/id1446630377 Stitcher https://www.stitcher.com/show/good-growing Tunein https://tunein.com/podcasts/Gardening/Good-Growing-p1187964/ Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/202u3siWExE1tTqrVgtmCR Vurbl https://vurbl.com/station/good-growing-4pljnNlUtyG/ Listen notes https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/good-growing-chris-enroth-cHLPMWpvEOG/ Ivy https://ivy.fm/podcast/good-growing-167902 Castbox https://castbox.fm/channel/Good-Growing-id4302614?country=us Google podcasts https://bit.ly/3AiYjTD

Duration:00:44:26