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Take time to relax and enjoy your garden

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.

The dictionary defines relax as “to slacken” and “to ease.” Although our culture tends to assign negative connotations, as if to do either shows lack of character or slovenliness, I’ll go against the grain and put relaxing in my garden at the forefront of my chore list. Now, to find the best place “to ease.”


Take time to relax and enjoy your garden

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.

Tomatoes have fungal leaf disease

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. 

Branching out: Kenosha gardeners enjoy success with desert plant, European pruning technique

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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.

Tomatoes wilting

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.

Talking ‘trash’

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.

In search of natural hues? A garden ‘to dye for’

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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.


Love My Ride

Parts & projects

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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.

Deere Hunter

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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.

‘Kenosha Cadillac’

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A bit of nostalgia prompted Peter Wenglowsky to obtain his 1961 Rambler Classic about 20 years ago.

Wheeling through Wisconsin

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Mercedes-Benz makes driving painless

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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.

Masi the Matador

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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.

Taking flight: ‘As soon as the wheels leave the ground, it’s exhilarating’

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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.

British imports become part of family

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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.

Skully’s ‘Last Ride’

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Kenosha resident Jason Beiser, 30, has been welding for about seven years and started his own business, “Skully’s Welding,” a couple years ago.

Firebird fulfills promise

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SALEM — It took Mike Vandeville about 25 years but he finally made true on his pledge to himself.

A lifetime of Nashes

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PLEASANT PRAIRIE — When it came to his first car, Eric Nelson Jr. didn’t have many options.

Proud Centurion

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Kenosha resident Florian Kreft, 84, has owned about 25 cars in his lifetime, covering most American manufacturers (Chevy, Ford, Buick, Chrysler and Dodge).

Jeff and Mary Albrecht’s 1991 Four Winns 325 Cabin Cruiser

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Whether on Lake Michigan, inland lakes or even the Gulf of Mexico, Jeff and Mary Albrecht have been boating enthusiasts since they were kids.

‘Regular guy’ drives a Mercedes

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PLEASANT PRAIRIE — Wayne Walker isn’t the type of person you’d immediately expect to own a Mercedes Benz, especially one imported from Germany.

This ’72 Chevrolet Monte Carlo even better than first one

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SALEM — Judy Grasser said her husband of 26 years, Mike, isn’t much of a sentimental type.





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