Question: My friend has horses and offered that I could have the manure for my garden. Any tips? A.N.
Answer: Many vegetable gardeners, especially those interested in organic production, like to amend their soil with manure. Manure improves the soil quality, drainage and water-holding capacity, while providing nutrients needed by growing plants. Unfortunately, fresh manure can contain bacteria that could contaminate vegetables and cause illness in humans.
Even though Mother Nature is having a laugh at our expense, we will have spring, and the bulbs will bloom. I have several stands of bulbs I’d like to move this year, especially since some of the beds where I originally planted daffodils have become sunny. Also, some of the clumps aren’t blooming as well, so they need to be lifted and divided for next year.
The most successful method for lifting bulbs is to wait until the foliage dies completely, usually late June, and then dig and hang them in mesh bags in the garage for fall planting. Some daffodils will hold onto their foliage well beyond this point, though. As long as they have green foliage, they are actively making and storing food for the bulb, so transplanting them can be a shock. I have had some luck digging and separating them at this stage as long as I replant them immediately.
We’ve been picking flowers and sticking them in containers for thousands of years.
The early Egyptians did it, as did the Chinese: Feng Shui guidelines for creating harmony in a home suggest placing vases of fresh-cut flowers throughout the dwelling to relieve stress, and increase productivity and creativity. Ikebana, the 600-year-old art of Japanese flower arranging, became a craft of high regard, with a spiritual element.
Question: I have an older lawn. It is in good shape but a little bumpy in spots. Someone told me to get the lawn aerated. When would be a good time? B.H.
Answer: Lawns should be core aerated in May or September when the turfgrass is actively growing. Aeration is recommended when the thatch layer, which is a build-up of roots and stems on the soil surface, is over one-inch thick or the soil is compacted.
I hope you’ve had some time to spend outdoors since the weather seems finally to have broken. I heard the peepers in the nearby pond last week, and the redwing blackbirds are in full squawking mode, so spring is here! I spent the entire weekend outdoors, and actually feel like I’m finally shaking off the winter doldrums.
I tackled my perennial garden with my friend Kate’s favorite clean up method, the “chop and drop.” Since I leave many of my perennials standing over the winter for interest and to feed the birds, I had a lot of sticks still standing. So, I took my hedge shears and simply chopped them off close to the ground and let them fall. It made everything look so much better.
Editor’s note: Reprinted with permission from the April/May 2014 issue of She, a magazine for southeastern Wisconsin women. For more information, go to she-magazine.com.
Bed and breakfast. These three words can evoke romantic getaway weekends, special family reunions and even grown-up-girls’ slumber parties. For many women, the personal touches offered by B&Bs make them lodgings of choice. For other women, B&Bs have become their living of choice.
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.
A local tavern that has had run-ins with police and nearby residents had its cabaret license taken away by the City Council Monday.
SALEM — The Salem Town Board met as a committee of the whole Monday night to discuss the merits of forming an ad hoc committee to explore possible incorporation.
The owner of an Illinois transportation company needed help with administrative tasks.
There was no apology for family members of Lisa Marie Mezera, who attended a sentencing hearing Monday afternoon looking for some form of justice.
New announcements on business development in Kenosha are expected this spring, several local officials said.
The Kenosha Police Department has two local men in custody for first-degree reckless homicide.
Last week’s question: Where is the longest section of remaining brick street in Kenosha?
Kenosha police arrested a woman on suspicion of drunken driving after a two-car rollover accident at 85th Street and Sheridan Road about 12:15 p.m. Monday.
KENOSHA — Registration is required by Tuesday for “Tori’s Stories — Explore Literacy With Miss Kenosha.”
The Kenosha Fire Department acted swiftly in extinguishing a house fire at 4307 Sheridan Road just before 7 a.m. Monday.
MADISON — A bill that would put outside agencies in charge of investigating officer-involved deaths could create conflict and confusion for Wisconsin agencies that have traditionally done it themselves, police observers say.
A hidden water main break is being blamed for a sinkhole that was discovered Saturday when a Kenosha Police squad car hit it, reportedly injuring an officer.
A pedestrian was hurt when a car reportedly ran a red light at the intersection of 29th Avenue and 60th Street on Saturday.
Kenosha police cited the management of the Woman's Club, 6028 Eighth Ave., with multiple liquor violations Saturday night during at an event which featured live comedians.
A German helmet from World War II and bitter memories from that conflict were handed down to Carl Bogar Jr. from his grandfather. Both guided Bogar to a military career and finally to becoming a military historian and founder of Historic Military Impressions.
Gateway Technical College has expanded its Celebrate Earth Day activities and demonstrations for 2014.
Kenosha labor leader Jack Rice and former Kenosha County Sheriff Larry C. Zarletti will be honored this year at the city's Arbor Day Commemoration on Friday.
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.
KENOSHA — One-on-one family history consultation sessions are available 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Southwest Library, 7979 38th Ave.