Question: I love basil and have grown it for years without problems. This year I don’t know what happened. Some leaves started looking a little yellowish. Shortly after black spots appeared on the leaves. Some of the basil plants are older and a couple are quite young but all are infected. What is happening? R.C.
Answer: Basil downy mildew is a widespread problem this summer. I’ve seen infected basil samples from home growers with a few plants and from commercial producers with hundreds of plants.
We all want to be the best gardeners we can be, and sometimes it’s tempting to jump at something that seems to be the answer to our problems, even if it doesn’t make logical sense. Here are a few garden myths that float around periodically, and the actual science (or lack of it) behind them.
Under-the-sea themes are a constant of coastal design. But one marine motif especially transcends styles, as a rich boost to almost any kind of decor, and that is coral.
We love its connection to the sea as well as its organic feel — all branchy, tangled tentacles, tubes and plumes extending. Brain coral with intricate mazelike patterns. Soft coral sea fans, some with a lovely transparency and leaflike veining. And, of course, its namesake hue, which is a brilliant accent in neutral interiors.
I’m not giving up on warm weather, as we all know that September can hold some interesting days. This time of year the excitement of school beginning and the occasional red leaf peeking through in the woods make it a spectacular time. Best of all, there are so many wildflowers and perennials in bloom that it’s hard not to appreciate the beauty along the roadsides, in our perennial gardens, and best of all in the prairie.
The perennial sunflower is in full bloom right now. This 6-foot native has golden yellow flowers whose seed heads are prized by finches and other songbirds. There are many cultivars of this plant that can be introduced into the garden, but a simple walk along any road will give you a glimpse of how beautiful our native wildflowers can be.
Question: Can I still plant vegetables in my garden? J.W.
Answer: Mid-September is late for planting most vegetables but you might be able to successfully grow leafy greens and similar frost tolerant crops. Choose varieties with a seed-to-harvest interval of 45 to 50 days or less. Some crops, like leaf lettuce, can be harvested before full maturity by cutting off side leaves as they grow. Floating row cover, low hoops, or similar frost protection can extend the growing season into November.
One of the best places in your home to showcase the bounty and beauty of autumn is on your dining table. It’s a ready-made stage that’s just waiting for a show-stopping presentation that celebrates the colors, textures and iconic images of fall.
— Consider mixing rustic and refined elements together to create a multi-layered display that’s rich and rewarding to view. A casual table can set the tone, then build from there. Start with a dramatic centerpiece, tall and breathtaking, but not so large as to make cross-table discussion impossible.
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.
Authorities on Monday identified a man whose body was found on the Union Pacific Railroad tracks this weekend after being struck by a train.
PLEASANT PRAIRIE — The village is seeking public feedback regarding stop signs temporarily installed at three locations.
The city is seeking outside funds to help in the fight to keep sediment from settling in Southport Marina.
A 25-year-old Kenosha man was shocked with a Taser and arrested after a foot chase outside Kohl’s, 7200 Green Bay Road, at approximately 12:30 p.m. Monday.
Bianca Vite’s family has been to court hearing after court hearing for nearly two years, looking for justice for the murdered young woman.
A former St. Joseph Catholic Academy teacher has admitted stealing more than $1.7 million from his in-laws and two organizations.
Bob Rohrman Auto Group, after two years of battling a wetlands issue in Bristol, is now close to opening Kenosha Nissan, the company’s first Wisconsin store and its third new dealership this month.
A second girl has accused Curt Johnson of sexual abuse, according to a lawsuit filed in Racine County Circuit Court.
The Kenosha Education Association is looking for new leadership.
KENOSHA — Children ages 8 and up can make Halloween papier mache massk during a class that begins Saturday.
Question: What prominent local attorney went toe-to-toe with Mary Baker Eddy, founder of the Church of Christ Scientist, before settling in Kenosha?
What if your house was on fire, your child was approached by a stranger or someone attempted to rob you at gun point?
Big Read events for the week of Sept. 28:
The Rev. Kara Baylor was called to help challenge, as well as, guide students in their journey from college to career.
A Kenosha motorcyclist was hurt in a crash at 63rd Street and 23rd Avenue just before 4 p.m. Saturday.
Maria Fabiano has been making dresses and altering clothing in Kenosha since 1966. She has been at her current location, Maria’s Dresmaking Shop, 3011 22nd Ave., for 34 years.
PLEASANT PRAIRIE — With the walls now going up at what will become the new Fire Station No. 1 on land adjacent to Village Hall at 39th Avenue and Highway ML, it appears the project continues to be on schedule.
MOUNT PLEASANT — A fundraiser for the Choral Arts Society will take place 5 to 9 p.m. Monday at Georgie Porgie’s, 5502 Washington Ave., Mount Pleasant.
Each Monday, the Kenosha News takes a look at the life of a Kenosha County resident who recently died. We share with you, through the memories of family and friends, a life remembered.