Fall is planting time, too.
Sow fall crops such as arugula, spinach, cilantro and leaf lettuce. There is also time to put in some scallions, radishes and even snow peas. Make sure to keep the seeds well watered during germination because even one day of drying out can kill the seeds. Shade if necessary and get the cold frame ready.
Question: I just moved and the yard has a number of different apple trees. It looks like we will have lots of apples, but I don?t know what kind they are so don?t know when the apples should be picked. Do I need to know the type of apple to know when it is ready for picking? Are there any guidelines for knowing when apples are ripe? — C.B.
Answer: Knowing the type of apple might help with the approximate time for harvest, but there are better ways than the calendar for home apple growers to know when to pick. It is best to pick when apples are mature but not fully ripe, especially if you plan to store them.
As much as my family and I love to have suburban wildlife around our New York-area home, some of the cuteness wore off when we found rodents living under the roof.
A mama squirrel (perhaps she was expecting) had set up a cozy little nest in our attic — a wise move considering the temperature was dipping and she had a brood to care for. As Jack Murphy, co-founder of Denver-based Urban Wildlife Rescue, puts it: “They can live in a tree. And we can live all winter on the prairie in a tent. But having a house is a lot nicer.”
The French started a national campaign several years ago called “The Inglourious Fruit.” It was a public relations campaign to get French citizens to slow food waste by purchasing and eating those fruits and vegetables that are not perfect. These were discounted in grocery stores and markets, and the campaign was a huge success. What a wonderful testament to humans — that we really do care about reducing food waste and feeding our bodies with healthy vegetables and fruits. Let’s be honest — none of us is perfect, including the vegetables we so carefully nurture in our gardens. But why should the forked carrot, the split beet or the knobby tomato be shunned in favor of their more perfect counterparts?
I’ve made a promise to myself to try to use the oddballs in the garden and as much of every vegetable as I can. When things come in that are oddly shaped or maybe have a bad spot on them even though the rest of the vegetable is perfectly edible, I’m going to cook them.
Question: How will I know when my patty pan squash and zucchini are ready to harvest? E.M.
Answer: Summer squash are at their premium taste and texture when small.
As ultra-contemporary kitchens gain in popularity, interest is soaring in shiny cabinets that contribute a huge modern cachet.
New York-based designer Patrick Mele loves the sheen and reflection that variations on glossy paint, other finishes and lacquer add to a kitchen. He and other designers credit European cabinetmakers for producing some of the smoothest, glass- or mirror-like finishes, rivaling those from automotive manufacturers.
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.
The quick response from an off-duty law enforcement officer led to the arrest of a 14-year-old Kenosha boy early Monday morning.
The weather forecast for Labor Day and several other days next week calls for a high probability of thunderstorms.
PLEASANT PRAIRIE — Village police have obtained incriminating photo evidence in a hit-and-run investigation.
Kenosha Beef International, the manufacturing partner for the marketer of Johnsonville Grillers, is reviewing production video and undergoing a thorough inspection of its production equipment in the wake of a recall of more than 89,000 pounds of pork sausage patties that were contaminated with extraneous materials.
The Kenosha Police Department said a two-vehicle accident resulted in multiple injuries early Wednesday morning, and two occupants of the same car were arrested for drunken driving.
A 20-year-old man who was ordered not to have any unsupervised contact with children under age 16 has been charged with sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl.
Back-to-school season coincided with the hottest stretch of the summer, making for sticky classrooms.
Fire chiefs from Kansasville and Paris are seeking reimbursement for costs associated with the role the departments played in removal of dead calves from two farms owned by Jeffrey Schmeckel, of Brighton.
A reader called Fix It to complain that, “Over at Tremper High School, there are 14 dead ash trees over 50, 60 feet in the air, some of them. They’ve been slowly dying from the emerald ash borer. They’re on a very large parkway. Tuesday, there’s going to be hundreds of kids walking underneath those trees. Some of the bark is starting to fall off the limbs.
This year’s Cheese-a-Palooza is aiming to double everything: the number of vendors, musical acts and the crown jewel of the the event — cheese.
Somers Village Trustee Larry Harding is resigning from the board. Harding turned to Facebook Wednesday to make the announcement.
KENOSHA — The fourth annual Coins Cancer Cookout and Memorial Poker Ride will be Sunday.
SOMERS — A proposed policy for capital assets will go before the Village Board on Tuesday.
Kenosha Beef International is recalling approximately 89,235 pounds of pork sausage patty products after small pieces of metal were found in the meat, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.
Although planned and approved to be resurfaced this year, a seven-block section of rough road on 39th Avenue from 45th Street to 52nd Street in Kenosha won’t even go to bid until January or February, according to Mayor Keith Bosman.
Is it time for Kenosha County to run its own facility for those with serious mental illnesses?
A Kenosha woman who left her four sleeping children at home with food cooking on the stove will spend one year on probation, after entering a plea to one count each of child neglect and bail jumping.
Local law enforcement officials remained on high alert Wednesday, despite having little information in the hunt for three suspects involved in the fatal shooting of a Fox Lake, Ill., officer.
A Kenosha man suspected of stealing purses and wallets from at least 13 homes had his bond set Wednesday at $100,000, ahead of charges being filed.
When a Wilson Elementary School teacher posted a chart on social media relaying recommended bedtimes, she just hoped to give the school’s parents a bit of a benchmark.
I never met Robert S. Strang, but as Labor Day approaches, I salute him.
KENOSHA — The Kenosha Classic Cruise-In car show will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in downtown Kenosha.
A Kenosha man is charged in Racine County with recklessly endangering safety after deputies there said he gave a man the drug he used to overdose.
SILVER LAKE — Silver Lake Trustee Roger Johnson was recently stripped of his role as chairman of the General Welfare, Buildings, Public Works, Parks, Public Lands and Library Committee by village president Bruce Nopenz.