I am officially designating myself as the “leaf monitor.”
This is a lovely time of year as the trees offer up their loads of priceless organic matter for nothing more from us than a little physical work. I want to convince you to use this free garden gold instead of raking it to the curb or burning it.
Question: Some of my hydrangeas did not flower. Do I cut them back now or could it be because I cut them back last fall? — P.E.
Answer: It’s tricky giving advice on pruning hydrangeas without knowing what type they are. Most hydrangeas don’t require regular pruning except removal of old brown flower clusters in fall or early spring.
We spend about 10 hours a day on average in the bedroom. That’s a good part of the day, so why not make this retreat one of the best rooms in the house?
To do the job well, it’s important to understand that bedrooms aren’t just for sleeping. They serve many purposes. Televisions and Internet connections make this room well-suited for a secondary TV monitor and maybe a home office.
Question: I’m preparing for a new vegetable garden in my back yard. I’ve removed the sod and tilled the soil. What else can I do this fall to get ready for next spring? T.S.
Answer: A soil test is the next step. You can use home soil test kits, but I prefer the reliability of a commercial testing lab. Soil test kits and instructions for the University of Wisconsin Soil Testing Lab may be obtained at the Kenosha County UW-Extension office or http://uwlab.soils.wisc.edu. You don’t need an “official” soil test bag. A new zip top plastic bag works fine. Written results arrive in about two weeks and list soil type, pH, phosphorus, and potassium. Recommendations for fertilizer are included.
Having freshly dried herbs from your own garden will make your late fall and winter meals so much better, not to mention the possibilities of giving herbs as holiday gifts. And, having fresh herbs on the windowsill lets us keep the growing spirit alive through the doldrums of winter.
Basil is pretty much gone from the garden, but you can certainly start some from seeds for the windowsill. Other herbs such as oregano, thyme, marjoram, tarragon, chives and sage are still in pretty good shape to clip and dry or divide and pot up. Also, now is the time to bring in your rosemary because it won’t survive the winter outdoors.
Homes in the northern U.S. are treated to a measure of effortless outdoor decorating for fall: Nature does most of the work by turning the trees a vivid palette of reds, oranges and golds. Add a pumpkin or two on the doorstep and the look is complete.
Before the weather turns too harsh, consider using some creativity to add to the season’s colors and textures by decorating your home’s outdoor spaces. But be careful, as Halloween decorating has become increasingly popular, many homeowners aiming for a festive fall look go overboard with big decorations and harsh shades of orange.
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.
Kenosha Mayor Keith Bosman’s proposed 2015 police and fire budgets sailed through the Public Safety and Welfare Committee Wednesday, with dollar totals virtually unchanged from this year.
BLOOMFIELD — Eugene Martin will not be fined for clear-cutting land early last spring on the shore of Powers Lake at the site of the historic Honey Bear Farm venue.
The city of Kenosha administration has joined Kenosha County’s proposed plan to offer free public wireless Internet service to the downtown area.
Kenosha County residents gave more than $121,000 to gubernatorial candidates this year, according to receipts filed with the Government Accountability Board.
City officials just can’t win with Halloween.
Xten Industries LLC, an award-winning Kenosha-based manufacturer of injection molded plastic components, is selling its assets and working on an agreement with an Illinois plastics company to take over operations until a sale is finalized.
In addition to voting for politicians Nov. 4, Kenosha County can vote yes or no are a variety of referendums, depending on their places of residence.
In a unanimous vote Monday, the Kenosha Parks Commission selected the name "K-9 Korner" for the dog park at Anderson Park off 22nd Avenue near 89th Street.
Halloween note to parents: Dress your kids warmly.
Kenosha Police Chief John Morrissey said he is prepared to do whatever it takes to keep two area disc jockeys from making another local appearance, after a dangerous incident at an uptown bar early Saturday morning.
Paris School’s annual Panther Prowl, the main fundraising event for the rural K-8 school, recently raised a record $29,136.
KENOSHA — The “Coffin Bangers Ball” will be 7 p.m. to midnight Friday at the Woman’s Club of Kenosha, 6028 Eighth Ave.
Kenosha Unified School District voters will decide in April whether to fund a $16.7 million plan to improve high school sports facilities, including building a stadium for Bradford High School.
Mikey Stoczanskyj wanted to spend some time knocking down figures in a game inside a haunted maze Tuesday night.
BRIGHTON — A slight increase in the Brighton School tax levy was approved Tuesday, partly the result of a decrease in state aid to the rural district.
Fire officials were investigating the cause of a roof fire Tuesday night at a home at 7304 First Ave.
Two local women have been arrested for the theft of sports memorabilia that was caught on surveillance video.
PARIS — Despite a significant drop in state aid, Paris Consolidated School District was still able to decrease its tax levy.
A Kenosha man threatened to detonate a bomb at a state office building in Madison last week, according to police, leading to local felony charges.
The son of a retired Kenosha County Sheriff’s deputy was arrested in connection with the Aug. 25 robbery at the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 6618 39th Ave.
The Nov. 4 open race for Wisconsin’s 21st Senate District pits a former senator against a political newcomer.
More voters are casting in-person absentee ballots than in prior gubernatorial elections.
KENOSHA — The Kenosha outpatient clinic of the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center will host an open house 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at 8207 22nd Ave., Suite 150.