The weather will turn eventually, but since we still have some fairly warm days ahead, this is a great time to begin taking cuttings for holiday gifts or even Mother’s Day gifts. If you have a beautifully colorful coleus that you love, take cuttings now. You can grow them on a windowsill or under lighting for perfect little gift plants or plants to put in your garden next spring.
Success at growing cuttings indoors in winter means a commitment to giving them plenty of light. Fluorescent light fixtures are perfectly serviceable, and all you need to remember is to give the plants about 12 to 15 hours of light about 3 or 4 inches from the plants. Putting the light fixtures on chains and hooks is a simple way of raising and lowering them as needed. And a $10 timer is worth its weight in gold so you don’t have to remember to turn lights on and off.
Question: I just moved to Pleasant Prairie and was going to over seed my lawn. I wasn’t sure what type of grass I have, and my brother-in-law suggested that I reach out to the UW- Extension for assistance.
I have attached a few pictures. I was leaning toward thinking it is mostly Kentucky bluegrass, although I have read that it is getting late in the season for that type of seed if I wanted to over seed. Is someone at Extension able to identify my primary type of grass from the pictures attached? A.L.
It’s easy to dream of spring bulbs amid the drudgery of fall leaf raking and garden cleanup. Luckily, now is the time to purchase and plant spring-flowering bulbs for a colorful show.
With thousands of varieties available, the choices seem endless. Whether you buy bulbs at garden centers or through catalog and online sources, remember to plant them before the ground freezes. They need time to develop roots and be prepared for the required chilling period. Most bulbs need to be planted in holes two to three times their height in sunny, well-drained locations. Plant them generously for the biggest show.
Question: We have many kinds of raspberries. Last fall we cut all the plants down to the ground. The plants grew back and a few produced fruit in late summer, but some plants didn?t have any berries. I think we pruned them wrong. What is the right way to prune raspberries? S.C.
Answer: Traditional red and yellow raspberries should be pruned twice a year. In fall remove all of the canes that produced fruit this year. Before the buds swell in spring, remove weak, spindly canes by cutting at the ground. Keep only the largest canes that will bear the most fruit. Fruiting canes should be spaced at six- to 12-inch intervals for row-grown raspberries. Canes supported on a wire trellis should be pruned to five to six feet tall. Cut unsupported canes back to three to four feet high.
Even though we’ve had beautifully warm weather in the last few weeks, the cool weather will inevitably be visiting us more and more frequently. And, even though the daytime temperatures may be warm, the night temperatures are dropping farther and farther into the 40s.
It is time to bring in houseplants that have summered outdoors. As soon as the night temperatures drop below 40 degrees, tropical plants are at risk for damage. So, when you have a warm afternoon, gather them together to prepare them for coming indoors.
Animal prints have long been a favorite of interior designers. Often, because of the bold nature of animal prints, many homeowners are confused or perhaps shy as to how to incorporate animal prints into their decor. Here are some tips for choosing and using them:
One of the easiest and safest ways to incorporate an animal print into a space is through the use of area rugs. As a designer, I always choose my rugs first for design, color or pattern inspiration, or last in order to tie everything together. Other ways to include animal prints: toss pillows, throws, even wall or window coverings such as wallpaper or drapery.
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 city’s tax levy is expected to rise 2.58 percent, according to Kenosha Mayor Keith Bosman, who presented his version of the proposed 2016 budget to the City Council Monday night.
A Kenosha man was briefly held at gunpoint by police Sunday after he was seen climbing in a window in his own house.
As a manhunt continues for a fugitive in western Kenosha County, with the Sheriff’s Department is ramping up patrols and adding security at schools.
A Brighton woman is facing felony charges for allegedly helping her fugitive son, Andrew Obregon, elude authorities.
Rep. Paul Ryan says he understands people’s frustration with Congress right now. He’s frustrated, too.
For those who want to help combat poverty on a worldwide scale, step this way.
The second man charged in a fatal shootout at Shenanigans has been found guilty, after entering no contest pleas to reckless homicide and illegally possessing a firearm.
KENOSHA — The Kenosha Women’s Network is hosting a quarter auction fundraiser starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Boys and Girls Club, 1330 52nd St.
Question: In what year was Gilbert Petzke Park dedicated?
From their barks to their purrs, more than a dozen pets, and their families, turned out for the blessing of the animals Sunday at St. John’s Lutheran Church.
Kenosha police arrested a woman after she allegedly threw electronic items that struck a man and later resisted arrest Saturday night.
The lively and colorful experiences of visiting the Florida Keys and the Galapagos Islands convinced Andrew Wolf that saltwater aquariums were the way to go.
Only the buildings at Carthage College change.
Each Monday, the Kenosha News takes a look at the life of a Kenosha County resident who recently died. We share with you, through the memories of family and friends, a life remembered.
KENOSHA — An American Red Cross blood drive will take place 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Reuther Central High School, 913 57th St.
The hunt for a man wanted in connection with a Kenosha man’s death entered its third day Sunday, with the suspect reportedly engaging in an overnight crime spree before once again eluding authorities.