We’re officially past midsummer, and the heat seems to be on its way. Now that everything is planted, I think it’s time to slow down a bit. Time to relax and enjoy all our efforts. I know I don’t work well in the heat, but in reality, can any gardener actually relax?
While it may be hard to stop picking and tucking and weeding and fussing, relaxing in the garden you’ve created is the best part of the day. After hours of hard work, what better reward can there be than to flop into an overstuffed chair on the porch with a novel or laze in a soft cotton hammock, swaying gently in the breeze and counting clouds.
Question: The lower leaves on a few of our tomato plants have spots with very dark centers and yellow edges. Some leaves are completely yellow with dark dots. We have several beds of tomatoes and the problem is happening in one bed only. Please advise. L.L.
Answer: The tomato in the photo you sent has a fungal leaf disease called Septoria. Some types of tomatoes are less susceptible to the disease than others, so that may be why a few plants have it and others don’t. Tomatoes with less air flow around the plants, or the leaves stay wet longer after rain or irrigation, are more likely to develop fungal leaf diseases.
Here in Kenosha County, it’s not unusual to see hostas growing in someone’s yard. And while roses, peonies and hydrangeas may be beautiful, most folks don’t bat an eye when they see them in a southeastern Wisconsin garden because they’re pretty common in these parts.
But every now and then a plant growing in a Kenosha yard gets noticed because it’s unexpected.
Question: My tomato plants are wilting and the problem seems to be getting worse. Do you think it is a root rot or a wilt disease? H.W.
Answer: Root rot is a possibility after all the rain we’ve had. Gently dig in the soil to see if the roots look healthy.
People ask me all the time what trees are considered “trash” trees. I really don’t like this term since I frankly love most trees. However, there are some that, even though they may have some good attributes, don’t do us well in the landscape.
One of the most common native trees of Wisconsin, often considered a trash tree, is the green ash. They grow all over the state, and in most cases are a fine addition to the woodland or woods’ edge. However, in the landscape, they simply don’t have the stature to stand up to time. They grow fast, but are somewhat weak-wooded, meaning that they break. This is one of the most common characteristics of trash trees. Silver maple is another example with this characteristic.
Homegrown botanical dyes are part of today’s shift toward more natural and organic living.
And you don’t need a degree in chemistry to create your own hues for scarves, sweaters or even Easter eggs.
About seven years ago, Kenosha resident Steve Schneider held a family vote to determine whether he should keep or sell his 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle SS, which he had owned for more than 30 years.
PLEASANT PRAIRIE — Ever since his childhood, John Serzynski has been a big fan of John Deere tractors and riding mowers.
“My stepfather (George Paulausky) owned a landscaping business, and I used to play out in the sandbox all the time, all day long, with my cousin,” said Serzynski, a Waukegan, Ill., native who moved to Kenosha County in the late 1990s.
A bit of nostalgia prompted Peter Wenglowsky to obtain his 1961 Rambler Classic about 20 years ago.
BY JEREMY REEVES
If there’s anyone who appreciates having a luxurious car like a black 1999 Mercedes-Benz S420 more than David Gregorski, good luck finding him.
Gregorski, 56, was a local barber for 28 years who was forced to retire about a decade ago because of back problems. He’s since had eight back surgeries.
Jim Masi, his older brother Jeff Masi, Dennis Curnes and Butch Funk were all Kenosha teenagers in the early 1960s. And their passion was cars.
Whenever John Munson gets behind the controls and lifts off in his 2006 AMD Zodiac CH601XL factory-built, special light-sport aircraft, he experiences emotions unlike any other.
“As soon as the wheels leave the ground, it’s exhilarating,” said Munson, 66, a Kenosha resident. “You’re airborne, and it’s a whole different feeling. It’s the most enjoyable recreational activity I’ve had. I like it a lot.
KENOSHA — What started as a gift for his wife, Mary, more than 30 years ago has evolved into a type of extended relative for Kenosha resident Jim Hawkins.
Kenosha resident Jason Beiser, 30, has been welding for about seven years and started his own business, “Skully’s Welding,” a couple years ago.
SALEM — It took Mike Vandeville about 25 years but he finally made true on his pledge to himself.
PLEASANT PRAIRIE — When it came to his first car, Eric Nelson Jr. didn’t have many options.
Kenosha resident Florian Kreft, 84, has owned about 25 cars in his lifetime, covering most American manufacturers (Chevy, Ford, Buick, Chrysler and Dodge).
Whether on Lake Michigan, inland lakes or even the Gulf of Mexico, Jeff and Mary Albrecht have been boating enthusiasts since they were kids.
PLEASANT PRAIRIE — Wayne Walker isn’t the type of person you’d immediately expect to own a Mercedes Benz, especially one imported from Germany.
SALEM — Judy Grasser said her husband of 26 years, Mike, isn’t much of a sentimental type.
Campers began making their sites homey and ready for four days of habitation while others spent their time lounging on the lawn listening to the early acts such as Chad Brownlee, Dallas Smith and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.
With 35,000 people in one spot for a four- day country music festival, local law enforcement and emergency personnel made it a priority to have people on the ground for Country Thunder weekend.
Sharissa Fecht, 27, of Bristol, whose boyfriend died after she injected him with heroin at his request, was sentenced Thursday in Kenosha County Circuit Court to six months in jail and placed on five years probation.
Police are looking for a man who robbed Subway, 1923 63rd St., Wednesday night.
Unemployment climbed in Kenosha County in June, following a statewide trend.
The vice chairman of the Southport Beach House Citizen’s Committee has resigned in frustration, saying the city’s lack of willingness to work with the committee has made it obsolete.
The City Council on Monday did something it hasn’t done in at least two years: it voted down an appointee to a city committee.
Today’s problem: This burnt out, vacated ruins on a not-so-well-traveled Pleasant Prairie road may be out of sight for most folks, but it’s by no means out of mind for nearby neighbors.
A sharply divided Wisconsin Supreme Court sided with police in two separate cases Thursday — including a Kenosha homicide case — where cellphone data was used to track suspects without obtaining search warrants.
A Kenosha police officer has been fired for using his position to harass and intimidate a female officer and a person with whom he had an off-duty confrontation.
The man airlifted to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa for treatment after a Wednesday two-car crash at the intersection of 52nd Street and 104th Avenue has died.
Gov. Scott Walker is asking the federal government to help eight Wisconsin counties — including Kenosha County — recover from infrastructure damage caused by the severe winter weather.
STURTEVANT — A $1.89 million state award will go toward reducing student waiting lists and expanding enrollment capacity in high-demand program areas at Gateway Technical College, officials said Wednesday.
RANDALL — Thirty-five thousand feet of fencing, 1,200 portable toilets, 3,000 sets of chairs and tables and 200 cases of toilet paper being transported to the Kenosha County festival grounds can only mean one thing: Country Thunder is about to begin.
Fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots sold nationwide and at the Kenosha Sam’s Club are being recalled over concerns of listeria contamination.
A little cascade of administrative appointments began Tuesday as Sue Savaglio-Jarvis steps into the role of superintendent of Kenosha Unified School District.
A Kenosha man was arrested after a confrontation Tuesday morning.
A dramatic video posted on the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department Facebook page gives the deputy’s view of a high-speed chase on Interstate 94 Tuesday afternoon.
Sleeveless shirts, pants with holes and leggings will be welcome in Kenosha Unified School District classrooms next school year — at least with a few caveats.
BRISTOL — The 10th annual Classic Cruise to Church car show will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at First Christian Church, 13022 Wilmot Road.
Kaiden Weiher, 9, is jazzed about Mozart. He is jazzed about orchestra lessons. He is jazzed about being wide awake at 9 a.m. on a Wednesday in the middle of summer.
Dragons are enjoying a pop culture surge, thanks to “Game of Thrones” and “How to Train Your Dragon,” not to mention the band Imagine Dragons. (And, let’s face it, dragons are just cool.)