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White flies are hard to eliminate

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.

Whiteflies and other houseplant pests are difficult to control. Whitefly infested plants must be treated every five to 10 days for several weeks or even months.


White flies are hard to eliminate

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.

Reading my garden journal

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.

Wreaths aren’t just for Christmas

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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.

Heat up with chiles

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.

Covering cold-sensitive roses

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.

Beware hot air! Debunking heating myths to stay warm, save money

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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.


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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