John Manke is an active former Bay View resident who is involved in numerous neighborhood organizations, including the Bay View Historical Society, the Humboldt Park Fourth of July Association and the Shore Shore Farmers Market. He believes Bay View has a fine tradition in its past that we do not want to lose in the future.
I can remember heavy rains coming in April and May. During this time, it seems that most of your yard plants will come to life. Maybelles (Lilies of the Valley) and Lilacs will soon come into bloom. Strawberries will soon be ripe and can be picked. In June, the rasberries will appear on the rasberry bushes. Watch out for the bees and yellow jackets when you pick berries. If you are picking berries, as long as you leave the bees alone, nothing will happen to you. Yellow jackets, if they have a nest near your berry plants, will chase and attack you at any time. Black hornets and wasps will leave you alone as long as you do not bother them. Plum trees, apricot trees, cherry trees will blossom soon and if they are polinated, will bear fruit soon afterwards. If your trees do not have many blossoms on them, then pound a few rusty nails into the tree trunks. This iron will cause the trees to bear more fruit. If you plant peas, beans and radishes, they will grow fast. Try to watch your plants to see if they need fertilizer or water, but don't overdo it. Coffee grounds on the grass will help you locate some nice nightcrawlers for fishing. These nightcrawlers will also irrigate and fertilize your lawn. Please support the Bay View community.