Question: I’ve grown tomatoes and other plants from seed for several years, but this is a new problem. The seedlings come up just fine, but when they are an inch or two tall, they fall over and die. I looked on the Internet and I think the problem is damping-off. Is there anything I can do? S.N.
Answer: It definitely sounds like damping-off to me. Damping-off disease can infect seedlings of all types of plants. Entire flats or trays of seedlings will die rapidly once the disease begins. Newly emerging and very young seedlings are susceptible to damping-off. Older plants are unaffected by the disease.
This is going to be my year of trying something different in the garden (I know — you’ve heard that before). I’m going to grow Jerusalem artichokes, also called sunchokes.
Two things are prompting this experiment. In a search for a healthier diet, sunchokes can provide a healthy alternative to potatoes. Not that I don’t love potatoes. But sunchokes are low in calories, fairly low in carbohydrates and sugars, and high in fiber, potassium and iron. They’ve been suggested for years as a good potato substitute for diabetic diets.
LOS ANGELES — The transformation started simply enough, with a molded ceramic tile of a flower framed by Celtic tracery.
Neither Aziz nor Louise Farnam can recall now where they found the periwinkle square, but, at their son Amiel’s urging, they glued it to the upper-left corner of a low concrete retaining wall in front of their 1930s bungalow in Santa Monica, Calif.
Question: I think my rosemary plant has powdery mildew. Some of the leaves are covered in white stuff that looks a lot like the powdery mildew I’ve seen on lilac and phlox in summer. I’ve grown rosemary plants for several years and never had this problem before. I don’t see any webbing or tiny bugs so I don’t think the white stuff is caused by insects. Is it possible for my rosemary plant to have powdery mildew when it is indoors in winter? O.H.
Answer: Rosemary and other indoor plants, such as African violet, begonia, ivy, jade and Kalanchoe can get powdery mildew if the conditions are right for disease development. With the exception of conifers, almost all plants are susceptible to powdery mildew. The fungal disease is common in squash, cucumber, beebalm, rose, phlox, zinnia and lilac.
We’ve certainly had a winter for the record books, and it’s not quite on its way out yet even though, happily, the days are getting longer. Somehow daylight makes the cold easier to tolerate. I’ve had quite a few calls from people who are quite concerned about how their plants are tolerating the subzero temperatures.
All I can advise at this point is to let the plants do what they do best. Evergreens have a natural antifreeze in their tissues that allow them to withstand winter. Buds on deciduous trees and shrubs have the same protection. Cold is what winter does in Wisconsin, and plants hardy to our zone (Zone 5) are designated as hardy because they can withstand the winter.
This spring, pinks will be popping up all over home decor — the softer versions soothing and nurturing, the bright ones bouncy and vivacious.
Warm pink light can be flattering, so designers have long employed tricks like painting lampshade interiors in those hues or switching regular bulbs for soft pink ones.
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.
You are at one of the premier indoor waterpark resorts in the Wisconsin Dells. Do you:
The driver injured when he rear-ended a school bus Thursday afternoon has been identified as Shawn Hudon, 35, of Paddock Lake.
SALEM — A smorgasbord and silent auction will take place noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Salem United Methodist Church, 25130 85th St.
A plan to move the location of a planned dog park from Southport Park to Anderson Park will be taken up by the City Council starting next week.
If you thought you saw a dog sled whipping through the snow along Roosevelt Road in Kenosha Friday morning, don’t worry. You weren’t imagining things.
Before the event was to begin, a couple Carthage College staff and students announced the winners of a raffle. It took the winners quite a while to walk from the crowd to the makeshift stage, but not because of the distance between them.
Back in his Kenosha home Thursday night, Michael M. Bell said he wasn’t about to pop champagne corks over a state Senate’s unanimous vote favoring a bill he has long championed requiring outside investigations of police shootings.
After touring Kenosha, a national developer is fairly certain that the downtown area can accomodate — and benefit from — a live/work space for local artists.
PARIS — A 35-year-old Paddock Lake man was seriously injured Thursday afternoon after crashing his car into the rear of a stopped school bus on Highway 45 just south of Highway 142.
Today’s problem: Why, I oughtta ... how much are we paying these guys to enable traffic to flow smoothly?
The Kenosha Unified School Board will hold a retreat this weekend on their interpersonal relationship and how it affects the evaluation of the district superintendent.
Frigid weather and civil unrest between Russia and the Ukraine have driven world crude oil prices up and sent Kenosha County gasoline prices skyward.
PADDOCK LAKE — Central High School band and choir members will have to get a drug-free OK from K-9 cops before they board a bus later this month for a trip to Florida.
A Kenosha man reportedly accosted a woman going to pick up food at Applebee’s late Wednesday night, telling her he was a federal agent and holding her steering wheel so she couldn’t drive away, according to Kenosha Police reports.
KENOSHA — International Women’s Day will be celebrated 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Kenosha Art Association, 5615 Seventh Ave.
A disabled man will not be able to collect any damages from the Kenosha Achievement Center after he was sexually assaulted by an off-duty employee.
When Kenosha History Center Executive Director Don Shepard walked into the museum on the morning of Feb. 5, he almost could have chilled a tray of ice cubes in the Rambler Gallery without the aid of a freezer. It was 34 degrees in the huge space.
With continued snow and the upcoming return to daylight saving time, the Kenosha Fire Department has two reminders to pass along. One has to do with fire hydrants and the other with smoke detectors.