Question: Last year I planted a small vegetable garden, but the tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and other vegetables had spots on the leaves and some of the fruit. I talked with some experienced gardeners and I?m sure my plants were diseased. Is there anything I can do to prevent diseases in my garden this year? I don?t want to use sprays if I don?t have to. — E.C.
Answer: I?m glad you contacted me before the growing season because prevention is the best way to reduce disease in your vegetable garden.
With the warm weather, we’re all eager to get out into the garden and landscape. I’d like to give a few reminders about some things to avoid in the landscape as you eagerly start nipping and tucking your yard. Sometimes we just don’t realize what we might be doing wrong, so perhaps I can help prevent costly mistakes with a little advice.
The first landscape practice I see frequently is the mulch “volcano.” This is quite common in public landscapes that are managed by non-professionals, but I’ve seen a good bit of it in home landscapes as well. The intentions are as good as the mulch, but the method leaves a bit to be desired. When mulch is applied to a circle around a tree trunk, it should be about three to four inches deep and should taper down toward the soil level as you move in toward the trunk, the opposite of a volcano. Mulch heaped against the trunk or stems holds moisture and can cause fungal problems.
A harsh winter has taken a toll on many roofs.
Maybe there’s a tell-tale leak, but sometimes problems are harder to spot.
Have you ever considered building and planting a vertical garden? Not just a trellised plant, but an actual vertical planter. A popular method uses a shipping pallet as the container. With a few simple materials, you can have a beautiful, utilitarian planter to hang on a wall or stand up next to a wall.
When choosing the pallet, make sure to find one that is not broken and is made of pine or other wood that has not been pressure-treated. There are actually some oak pallets out there, but you’ll have to do some searching. Clean it up and remove any loose wood or splinters.
An entry hall offers a home its interior curb appeal. And while the front door, foyer dimensions, flooring, furnishings and colors can combine to provide a gracious welcome, the staircase is key in making a statement.
Yet too often it’s among a home’s last-decorated features. “So many clients say we have to get to it, but put it off until stage two,” says suburban New York designer Lori Elder Dyner, who writes a blog, Return to Home Interiors.
We made it to April! Not that it won’t get cold again, but winter’s back is broken and now we can really look ahead to the gardening season. Let’s put a list of tasks on the fridge so whenever we have half an hour, we can accomplish something in the garden.
— Gently remove dead foliage from around perennial crowns (no need to remove it entirely). Cut back to the ground all perennials and ornamental grasses that were left standing for winter interest.
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 pay for Kenosha County employees could increase over the next year as a result of a report examining salaries, wages and benefits.
PLEASANT PRAIRIE—- Crews will be breaking ground Friday on a new $4.4 million roundabout and reconstruction project for 39th Avenue in front of the Village hall.
Kenosha Velosport Cycling’s junior development racing team donned their gear Thursday night, straddled their saddles and pedaled their last laps around the Washington Park Velodrome for 2015.
BRISTOL — A recount of the ballots Thursday did not change the results of the Bristol School Board race. Doug O’Reilly remains the winner by one vote.
An Indian Trail High School and Academy teacher and coach was placed on administrative leave after a spring trip with the school’s varsity softball team, Kenosha Unified School District spokeswoman Tanya Ruder confirmed Thursday.
Karlos Hamilton came from a good family.
An alarming trend of vehicle break-ins continued with incidents reported outside an I-94 hotel early Wednesday morning and another incident on 10th Avenue Wednesday night.
A 40-year-old Wilmot man was charged with felony child abuse and strangulation on Thursday following a fight with his teenage son.
Today’s problem: In the course of regular duties here at the Kenosha News, Fix It has been to more than a few motor vehicle accidents. In the past few weeks, Fix It has been to three crashes where a traffic control signal or a light pole took it in the shorts, ending up being knocked down or damaged. Sometimes they even end up on top of someone’s building.
Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca, D-Kenosha, will hold five listening sessions in his district over the next two weeks to gather public input on the state budget.
The issue of religious liberty and its impact on individual rights was the focus of a presentation by a panel of Carthage College professors and the campus’ pastor on Wednesday.
A man said to have told rescue personnel that he killed his daughter to rid her of evil wants to use an insanity defense.
A 26-year-old Kenosha woman was injured in a two-vehicle crash Monday in the 7100 block of 30th Avenue.
Ah-choo! Cough, cough.
PLEASANT PRAIRIE — Career advancement strategies and personal keys to success were some of the messages young professionals heard during a rapid-fired session Wednesday morning.
SOMERS — A small but loud group of students and staff marched through the University of Wisconsin-Parkside campus Wednesday afternoon, calling attention to budget cuts they believe will come if legislators approve Gov. Scott Walker’s budget as is.
Carol Higgins unveiled her new kitchen, and a house concert broke out.
A Kenosha man has taken matters into his own hands in an attempt to halt an alarming number of overnight vehicle break-ins.
Bradford High School graduate Melvin Gordon has a big day coming up when the NFL draft kicks off April 30 in Chicago.
Organizers on Wednesday announced the name and debut date for the Kenosha HaborMarket's planned expansion into western Kenosha County.
KENOSHA — Kenosha Unified School District Superintendent Sue Savaglio-Jarvis will speak on the district’s “Pathway to Success” Thursday.
A man on an immigration hold in the Kenosha County Detention Center has filed a lawsuit in federal court, seeking his release.