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Gardening in the fall

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.

Even though it’s early for planting, purchase bulbs now to ensure a good selection. Be sure to put in early bulbs, such as snowdrops, winter aconite, crocuses, and squill. Mid-spring bulbs include fritillaria, early tulips, small alliums, hyacinths, and medium-cupped daffodils. For late spring, plant dutch iris, late-season daffodils and tulips, and alliums.


Gardening in the fall

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.

Knowing when to pick apples

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.

Squirrels in the attic? Pointers on humane wildlife removal

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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.”

Imperfectly edible

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.

Harvesting squash

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.

Shiny! Glossy cabinets give kitchens a smooth, stylish finish

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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.


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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