Question: My friend has horses and offered that I could have the manure for my garden. Any tips? A.N.
Answer: Many vegetable gardeners, especially those interested in organic production, like to amend their soil with manure. Manure improves the soil quality, drainage and water-holding capacity, while providing nutrients needed by growing plants. Unfortunately, fresh manure can contain bacteria that could contaminate vegetables and cause illness in humans.
Even though Mother Nature is having a laugh at our expense, we will have spring, and the bulbs will bloom. I have several stands of bulbs I’d like to move this year, especially since some of the beds where I originally planted daffodils have become sunny. Also, some of the clumps aren’t blooming as well, so they need to be lifted and divided for next year.
The most successful method for lifting bulbs is to wait until the foliage dies completely, usually late June, and then dig and hang them in mesh bags in the garage for fall planting. Some daffodils will hold onto their foliage well beyond this point, though. As long as they have green foliage, they are actively making and storing food for the bulb, so transplanting them can be a shock. I have had some luck digging and separating them at this stage as long as I replant them immediately.
We’ve been picking flowers and sticking them in containers for thousands of years.
The early Egyptians did it, as did the Chinese: Feng Shui guidelines for creating harmony in a home suggest placing vases of fresh-cut flowers throughout the dwelling to relieve stress, and increase productivity and creativity. Ikebana, the 600-year-old art of Japanese flower arranging, became a craft of high regard, with a spiritual element.
Question: I have an older lawn. It is in good shape but a little bumpy in spots. Someone told me to get the lawn aerated. When would be a good time? B.H.
Answer: Lawns should be core aerated in May or September when the turfgrass is actively growing. Aeration is recommended when the thatch layer, which is a build-up of roots and stems on the soil surface, is over one-inch thick or the soil is compacted.
I hope you’ve had some time to spend outdoors since the weather seems finally to have broken. I heard the peepers in the nearby pond last week, and the redwing blackbirds are in full squawking mode, so spring is here! I spent the entire weekend outdoors, and actually feel like I’m finally shaking off the winter doldrums.
I tackled my perennial garden with my friend Kate’s favorite clean up method, the “chop and drop.” Since I leave many of my perennials standing over the winter for interest and to feed the birds, I had a lot of sticks still standing. So, I took my hedge shears and simply chopped them off close to the ground and let them fall. It made everything look so much better.
Editor’s note: Reprinted with permission from the April/May 2014 issue of She, a magazine for southeastern Wisconsin women. For more information, go to she-magazine.com.
Bed and breakfast. These three words can evoke romantic getaway weekends, special family reunions and even grown-up-girls’ slumber parties. For many women, the personal touches offered by B&Bs make them lodgings of choice. For other women, B&Bs have become their living of choice.
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.
RANDALL — John Gendron was selected Wednesday as the new Randall School Superintendent.
TWIN LAKES — An information session designed to educate voters about a two-part project to make Lakewood School more energy efficient and a proposed $6 million referendum to remodel the building drew criticism over its funding and promotion Wednesday night.
Gov. Scott Walker has signed into law a bill aimed at helping some who suffer from seizures live better with their ailment.
The former Grayslake, Ill., police chief caught driving drunk in Kenosha County two years ago has pleaded guilty to causing an injury crash.
Students at Bradford High School are using their annual talent show to raise money for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin childhood cancer programs.
No trial date has been set for the man police say slashed a young woman’s throat and set fire to her body in Nedweski Park in the summer of 2012.
SOMERS — A willow trellis-making workshop will take place 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Hawthorn Hollow, 880 Green Bay Road.
Nearly 700 warm-blooded students, staff and parents from All Saints Catholic School made a two-mile pilgrimage through Wednesday morning’s blustery weather, concluding a fundraiser aimed at finding a cure for Type 1 diabetes.
With the frost level now down to 36 inches, the Kenosha Water Utility is advising it is OK for affected customers to shut off their water.
A third suspect in the April 1 robbery of a local liquor store has been charged and made an initial appearance Wednesday in Kenosha County Circuit Court.
Howard Moon is not a man who gives up easily.
The Kenosha County Board voted Tuesday night to send back to its committees a proposal to install gates to secure an employee parking lot used by law enforcement staff.
SALEM — Electors at the annual town meeting Tuesday night gave overwhelming thumbs up to motion a motion to explore possible incorporation as a village.
PARIS — Residents concerned about losing land to Kenosha through annexation brought their ideas to the annual town meeting Tuesday night.
After a day of orientation, five new members of the Kenosha City Council were sworn in Tuesday along with the returning incumbents.
While Wisconsin has been the epicenter of the polar vortex this winter, it might not surprise residents that Kenosha has set an unofficial record for the most days with snowfall this cold season.
Because it has expanded its building plans, Amazon.com has been awarded an additional $3.3 million in state tax credits for its new Kenosha location.
The woman police say placed cameras in Pleasant Prairie RecPlex lockers to videotape female patrons while they changed was charged Tuesday with 11 felonies.
A new state law hoping to curb deed-processing schemes charging people far more for records than what the county would charge has gone into effect.
The man who sexually assaulted a mentally disabled client of the Kenosha Achievement Center has been ordered to pay his victim $250,000.
KENOSHA — Wisconsin Connection Academy, a K-12 public virtual school, will have an information session from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Circa on Seventh, 4902 Seventh Ave.
Two drivers both claiming to have the right of way collided at the intersection of 22nd Avenue and 35th Street just before 9 a.m. Monday.
BRISTOL — Richard Hansen Memorial Park — the annual home of Bristol Progress Days — will grow by nearly 30 acres through a parkland purchase approved by the Village Board Monday night.
SILVER LAKE — A new volunteer group of residents — Silver Lake Citizens in Action — has formed to bring people together to do positive work in the village.
Kenosha Police said there are two suspects in custody in connection with the homicide of a 20-year-old Kenosha man on Monday night.