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Caring for orchids

Question: We have a beautiful Phalaenopsis orchid that is about to go dormant. It is about 26 inches high and is planted in what looks like wood chips. How do we care for it in dormancy? How much water, light, fertilizer, etc. Thank you for your help. — M.B.

Answer: Phalaenopsis, commonly called moth orchids, grow year round and don’t usually go dormant. Why do you think it is going dormant? Are the flowers about done? Are the leaves yellowing or browning?

If your plant has finished flowering, cut the flower spike off at the base. Phalaenopsis is a great beginner?s orchid and usually reblooms in homes. They adapt well to typical home temperatures of 65-degree nights and 75-degree days. The bright light near an east window is ideal. In summer, many orchid hobbyists move their plants to shady spots outdoors and bring them back indoors in September.


Caring for orchids

Question: We have a beautiful Phalaenopsis orchid that is about to go dormant. It is about 26 inches high and is planted in what looks like wood chips. How do we care for it in dormancy? How much water, light, fertilizer, etc. Thank you for your help. — M.B.

Answer: Phalaenopsis, commonly called moth orchids, grow year round and don’t usually go dormant. Why do you think it is going dormant? Are the flowers about done? Are the leaves yellowing or browning?

Spring brings a modern mix

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Spring is a favorite transitional time for lovers of home decor. Shaking out the rugs and washing the windows after a long winter feels satisfying, and then there’s the prospect of perhaps replacing some old, shabby furnishings with fresh new pieces.

Spring’s also when we start to see the decor trends that will find their way home both figuratively and literally through summer and fall.

How to fertilize lawn, kill weeds

Question: I?d like information on fertilizing my lawn and how to kill the weeds in the lawn, too. — D.I.

Answer: Lawns less than 10 to 15 years old should be fertilized three times a year in late May, early July and early September. Correlating fertilizer applications with Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day make timing easier to remember.

Consider soil temperature before planting

Everyone is asking, ?Can I plant now?” Some plant by the phases of the moon, some plant by the calendar and some simply guess at planting time by how the day feels. And often, Mother Nature fools us.

In actuality, the single most important thing to consider when deciding when to plant is the temperature of the soil. Temperature can drastically affect how seeds germinate and transplants grow.

Pretty pastels: How to make a room fresh, but not too sweet

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Cheerful pastel pinks, yellows, greens and blues can seriously brighten up a room. Decorating with these potentially too-sweet shades can be tricky, but worth it.

“Pastels get a bad rap for being super-girly, sometimes being kind of ’80s, and for even skewing babyish. But they don’t have to be any of those things if you apply them in fresh ways,” says designer Brian Patrick Flynn, founder of Flynnside Out Productions.

Landscapes have a personal touch

What exactly is it that makes a house look inviting from the outside? As I take my daily walk through neighborhoods, I’m a bit voyeuristic because I look at absolutely everything in every yard. The landscapes that intrigue me or invite me toward them are often not what I expected.

So often we think of the front landscape of our homes as something we basically do for the neighbors or people driving by. In fact, one of the basic principles of landscape design is to enhance the views to be seen when driving by in a car. This is certainly something to consider, but I wonder if perhaps we put too much stock in that and tend to depersonalize our yards in the process.


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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