Question: I’m preparing for a new vegetable garden in my back yard. I’ve removed the sod and tilled the soil. What else can I do this fall to get ready for next spring? T.S.
Answer: A soil test is the next step. You can use home soil test kits, but I prefer the reliability of a commercial testing lab. Soil test kits and instructions for the University of Wisconsin Soil Testing Lab may be obtained at the Kenosha County UW-Extension office or http://uwlab.soils.wisc.edu. You don’t need an “official” soil test bag. A new zip top plastic bag works fine. Written results arrive in about two weeks and list soil type, pH, phosphorus, and potassium. Recommendations for fertilizer are included.
Having freshly dried herbs from your own garden will make your late fall and winter meals so much better, not to mention the possibilities of giving herbs as holiday gifts. And, having fresh herbs on the windowsill lets us keep the growing spirit alive through the doldrums of winter.
Basil is pretty much gone from the garden, but you can certainly start some from seeds for the windowsill. Other herbs such as oregano, thyme, marjoram, tarragon, chives and sage are still in pretty good shape to clip and dry or divide and pot up. Also, now is the time to bring in your rosemary because it won’t survive the winter outdoors.
Homes in the northern U.S. are treated to a measure of effortless outdoor decorating for fall: Nature does most of the work by turning the trees a vivid palette of reds, oranges and golds. Add a pumpkin or two on the doorstep and the look is complete.
Before the weather turns too harsh, consider using some creativity to add to the season’s colors and textures by decorating your home’s outdoor spaces. But be careful, as Halloween decorating has become increasingly popular, many homeowners aiming for a festive fall look go overboard with big decorations and harsh shades of orange.
Question: I love tulips but they seem to die after a few years. Is there anything special I can do to help my tulips live longer? Is there a kind of tulip I can plant that will live and bloom more than three or four years? A.H.
Answer: It is possible for tulips to survive and bloom for years in the landscape. Growing the right types of tulips, correct siting, and proper care are the secrets to long-lived tulips.
I’m recommending that we not let go of summer. We are having an absolutely magnificent fall, so let’s make it go on forever. It may sound odd, but this is a good time to actually take notes and plan for this time of year for next year’s garden.
Cold frames were planted with mustard greens, pak choi, spinach, lettuce and radishes about three weeks ago, and they are almost the perfect size to start harvesting. I should be able to keep things growing so I’ll have greens and maybe even roasted radishes for Thanksgiving dinner.
Leaves are falling, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to hang up the gardening gloves. There is still plenty of work to do in the garden.
Preparing gardens for winter isn’t just about saving time in the spring. It brings big benefits to a garden’s overall health and beauty. Give your garden an edge on the next growing season by following this winter-prep checklist:
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.
Kenosha County is proposing to purchase two properties and a parking lot as it attempts to address space needs around the administration building and the court house.
A property owner stockpiling dirt and concrete in a field along the east side of 39th Avenue between 80th and 85th streets in Kenosha faces possible shutdown of the operation in 24 hours, City Administrator Frank Pacetti said late Thursday afternoon.
SALEM — It’s possible the intersection known as “Liberty Corners” in Salem may someday look more like a circle.
Trick-or-treating season begins this weekend in two Kenosha County communities, continuing elsewhere on Halloween night.
Crews are putting the finishing touches on Kenosha County’s first park-and-ride lot across from the Rec Plex in Pleasant Prairie.
A breakdown between two giants in Kenosha health care could be problematic for patients in the area.
A Kenosha woman rolled her Chevy Malibu after colliding with another vehicle in the 23600 block of Highway K just before noon Wednesday.
KENOSHA — An inaugural meeting of the National Federation of the Blind begins at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Northside Library, 1500 27th Ave.
Kenosha Police are investigating a crash that sent a car into the side of a house at 5311 22nd Ave. about 11:15 p.m. Wednesday.
The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department received preliminary budget approval Wednesday to take on more federal detainees and increase electronic monitoring of those not in prison.
When Kenosha's own James Lee Van Bendegom was a teenager, he dropped out of Bradford High School to join the U.S. Army to fight in the Vietnam War.
TWIN LAKES — A 14.2 percent increase in the tax levy was approved Wednesday by residents in the Lakewood School district.
An old radio communications tower that has served the county for at least half a century is expected to be dismantled next month.
One of the riskiest high-speed chases in recent memory was documented by stunning dash-cam video, released by the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department on Wednesday.
Kenosha Police said it is searching for a hit-and-run vehicle involved in a rollover crash Monday in the 2600 block of Alford Park Drive.
Gateway Technical College, in an amendment to its fiscal 2015 budget, is giving Kenosha County homeowners an early Christmas gift — a tax reduction.
Congratulations, Kenosha County. You gave $60,728,000 to charity in 2012.
At this point in election season, the scariest thing for me is being bombarded by TV ads depicting candidates for political office as evil incarnate.
PADDOCK LAKE — A 7.9 percent decrease in the tax levy for Central High School was approved Tuesday.
Kenosha County housing sales dropped in September, but median prices continued to climb slightly compared to the same month a year ago.
The appeals aren’t yet over for one of the teenage boys convicted of murdering Capri Walker in 2008.
Kenosha Mayor Keith Bosman visited Open Wings Learning Community, a private, non-profit school in Kenosha, as part of students’ studies.
KENOSHA — BooFest will be 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Kenosha Public Museum, 5500 First Ave.; Civil War Museum, 5400 First Ave.; and the Dinosaur Discovery Museum, 5608 10th Ave.