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.
The bounty of the garden is amazing right now. Finally we are getting all the tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and beans we could possibly want. It’s a time to earmark some of those favorites with the best flavor for seed saving.
You will have the best luck saving seed from self-pollinated plants and open-pollinated plants that reliably produce the same plants every generation such as peas, snap or green beans, lettuce, tomatoes, eggplant and peppers.
Question: All the leaves have fallen off the branches in one section of my maple tree. Do you know what is going on? M.A.
Answer: Trees drop leaves for a number of reasons, but leaf loss in a limited defined area points to verticillium wilt. Verticillium wilt affects a wide range of deciduous trees and shrubs. I’ve seen it most often on maple, ash, smoke-tree and redbud.
Dear Mr. House Inspector: I am considering selling my home, and while I was in my basement inspecting the water supply pipe I noticed corrosion there. I have attached a picture of my concern. What is causing this and how can it be repaired? Also, I am not sure if it makes a difference, but I have well water. — Dave, Pleasant Prairie
Answer: Hi, Dave. Thank you for contacting me with your question.
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.
RANDALL — The U.S. Postal Service wants to close the Bassett post office, recently displaced after the loss of a lease.
Five U.S. Navy personnel were promoted to the rank of chief petty officer during a pinning ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park in Kenosha Tuesday.
SALEM — A puppet show begins at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Community Library, 24615 89th St., Salem.
The Kenosha Unified School District improved its state report card for 2013-14.
Two more schools in western Kenosha County — Salem and Randall — joined the list of rural schools that exceed performance expectations, data released Tuesday by the state Department of Public Instruction shows.
The mother of a woman who died after an apartment fire believes the woman’s death is suspicious, not accidental.
Members of the local music community of all ages are mourning the loss of great craftsman and friend, as Emil Pacetti, 75, succumbed to lung cancer early Tuesday morning.
The officer who fatally shot Michael E. Bell in November 2004 is being sued in federal court over a claim that he used excessive force during an arrest a year earlier.
A Kenosha alderman is asking the city to rethink its stance on downtown Wi-Fi and join the county’s plan to offer wireless Internet throughout downtown.
The Walworth County Sheriff’s Department is seeking information about a dog that was found dead, wrapped in a blanket after being shot eight times.
A Tuesday morning fire in an upstairs apartment displaced a resident and caused the temporary closure of Spanky’s Bar and Grill, 2325 52nd St.
“Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury is this year’s book selection for The Big Read. Copies of the book are available starting Wednesday at public libraries, and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside library.
PLEASANT PRAIRIE — The Village Board unanimously approved a new two-year contract Monday night with Pleasant Prairie Professional Firefighters Association Local 3785.
BRISTOL — A general fund levy next year that will decrease by 11.2 percent was approved by electors at the annual meeting of Bristol School District Monday night.
It’s by no means a done deal, but an offiicial with Gorman & Co. was confident Monday the historic former Elks Club/Heritage House is on track to become a boutique hotel
The Kenosha City Council on Monday sent a message to the Parks Commission to keep Kennedy Drive in any future plans for Kennedy Park.
RANDALL — A flat tax levy was approved Monday at the Randall School annual budget hearing.
With seven weeks before the Nov. 4 election — which includes the race for governor — some local clerks have concerns about implementation of Wisconsin’s voter ID law.
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KENOSHA — The Financial Fitness Brown Bag Series begins with a program on personal budgeting at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Southwest Library, 7979 38th Ave.
A Downtown Kenosha Inc. committee is preparing for the next phase of an initiative to bring improvements to the city's central business district.
A 22-year-old Kenosha woman was arrested for drunken driving after authorities said she crashed her rental car into Kwik Trip, 3920 Washington Road, just after 4 a.m. Saturday.
A 33-year-old Kenosha woman is dead after an apartment fire early Friday morning.