Question: Before the weather got cold I moved several potted plants from the patio to the indoors for the winter. I?ve not had problems when I?ve brought plants inside in the past but this year several of the plants have bugs. The bugs are very tiny and light colored. Whenever I touch or bump one of the plants, lots of bugs fly up from the plant. Do you have any suggestions on what I can do? K.C.
Answer: Your plants are infested with whiteflies. Whiteflies are 1/16 inch long with four milky white wings. The nymphs are pale green, flat and do not fly. When disturbed, the adults fly around the plant, forming a cloud of insects. Nymphs are found on the undersides of the leaves but adult flies may rest anywhere on the plant. Plants infested with whiteflies have yellow leaves and poor growth.
Thanksgiving is a time when we reflect on the wonderful things and people in our lives. A natural part of that reflection in my life is my garden and the beauty and delicious food it has brought me and my family.
One of the best things I do for myself at this time of year is go through my garden journal, reflecting on the goods and bads of the garden season. Most things are still fresh in my mind, which I know won’t be the case if I look at the journal in February.
Almost as common as the Christmas tree, the wreath is a tell-tale sign that the holiday season has arrived. But before front doors donned this classic holiday decoration, wreaths were used centuries ago for a variety of occasions. That ancient trend is returning, with a more modern twist, as people find new ways to make and display wreaths inside and outside the Christmas season.
One popular trend is multi-seasonal wreaths, said Cathy Setiz, garden center manager at Breezy Hill Nursery in Salem. These wreaths can transition from one season and celebration to the next with just a few modifications.
It may be cooling quickly outdoors, but indoors, keep your temperature and spirits up by using chile peppers in your cooking. The heat they produce can actually raise your temperature a bit. But also, just smelling and tasting as they cook can remind you of warmer times in the summer garden, since chiles usually ripen in the hottest days of July and August.
I’ve run into some real chile nuts who spend a lot of time daring each other to try one explosive chile or another, but I’m pretty happy to just eat the ones that are fairly safe, such as the tried-and-true jalapeno. By many chile-lovers’ standards, I’m a wimp. But at least I can taste the peppers when I put them in a dish. Put a whole habanero pepper into a stir-fry and you will taste nothing but the burn.
Question: I didn?t get a chance to cover my roses before the polar vortex descended. Is it too late? I have a combination of regular roses and shrub roses. — C.T.
Answer: Your timing is perfect. Late November to early December is the ideal time to cover cold-sensitive roses. Grafted roses, like hybrid teas, grandifloras and floribundas, need protection from winter cold.
Advice about saving money on home heating costs abounds this time of year, but some of it is oversimplified, marketing hype or just plain wrong, while some long-standing myths persist about keeping warm on the cheap.
For example, programmable thermostats are not the holy grail of home heating, cranking up the furnace does nothing to heat a chilly house faster and fireplaces used as heating sources literally suck — suck paid-for warm air up the chimney.
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 Kenosha Unified School Board voted 6-1 Tuesday to approve a handbook that covers all district employees.
The City Council was near unanimous Tuesday in passing Kenosha Mayor Keith Bosman’s 2015 budget and $60.2 million property tax levy.
Some 25 largely college-age protesters peacefully took to the Kenosha County Courthouse steps Tuesday night, adding their voices to others decrying the events in Ferguson, Mo.
Fire damaged a horse barn in Pleasant Prairie Tuesday.
Despite an increase in the tax levy and the tax rate, 2015 tax bills are expected to decrease for most Pleasant Prairie homeowners, according to village offcials..
What’s happening in Ferguson, Mo., is having an impact here.
A spirit of gratitude — and the smell of turkey — permeated the air at Reuther Central High School Tuesday as students gathered for the 44th Thanksgiving Celebration.
United Hospital System and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wisconsin have reached a three-year agreement, representatives from both parties confirmed Tuesday.
Two boys who ran off from a Benet Lake treatment facility went across the state line, burglarized a home and set it on fire, according to Sheriff’s Department reports.
Police responded Saturday night to a report of six shots being fired in the 4600 block of 36th Avenue, with 20 to 30 people fighting in the street.
With the exception of a relatively minor last-minute expense, Kenosha Mayor Keith Bosman’s 2015 budget for the city was approved Monday night with little comment by the City Council acting as a Committee of the Whole.
As many plan for that trip over the river and through the woods, the price of gasoline will be easier on their pocket books, according to travel experts.
SILVER LAKE — A June 3 end to the school year was approved by the Riverview School Board Monday night to accommodate an aggressive summer building project.
Kenosha Police officers took one man into custody after reports he had a handgun threatening to harm himself Monday night at a home in the 2800 block of 14th Lane.
FBI agents arrested the former owner of the defunct Chicago Rush Arena Football League on federal fraud charges at his home in Kenosha Monday morning.
Downtown merchants are dressing their store windows and selecting scavenger items in preparation for Kenosha’s 2014 version of Small Business Saturday.
At the front of the church was an ivory coffin, heart-breakingly small. There were flowers, in bright pinks and purples, and shiny Mylar balloons.
Gateway Technical College has approved more than $1 million in funding for two 2015 capital development projects on its Kenosha and Elkhorn campuses.
After nearly two years of trying, the Kenosha Unified School District may get an official employee handbook.
KENOSHA — A free community Thanksgiving dinner will be served beginning at noon Thursday at First United Methodist Church, 919 60th St.
Question: In what year did the first Turkey Day Run hit the Kenosha streets?