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Follow rules for food safety when using manure in garden

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.

The risk of contamination is so serious that the USDA National Organic Program, or NOP, stipulates when non-composted or fresh manure can be applied to soil used for growing vegetables. The NOP rule states manure must be applied at least 120 days before harvest if the vegetables have edible portions that might be contacted by soil either directly or through splashing of rain or irrigation water. In Wisconsin, 120 days covers most of the vegetable growing season, so sticking to this standard is nearly impossible for same-year applications.


Follow rules for food safety when using manure in garden

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.

Smaller bulbs enhance spring display

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.

Variations on the vase

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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.

Tips on lawn aeration, crabgrass prevention

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.

‘Chop and drop’ mulches the garden

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.

So you want to run a bed and breakfast?

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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.


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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