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Water Wicking Potted Plants

Watering seems like such a simple task, however if it is not done correctly the plant will suffer.  Wick watering reduces the number of times a pot will need to be attended to each week and it provides vacationers with ease of mind when gone for a period of time.

Wick watering is done by simply running a length of rope from the soil down through a drainage hole and into a reservoir of water. As the soil in the pot dries, the wick draws water from the reservoir and rehydrates the plant.

The best time to insert a water wick is when you are potting your plant.  Make sure you are using the correct type of pot and potting mix, or you may end up with rotted plants that were too wet.  Plastic or ceramic pots are recommended as they will slow the rate of evaporation from the soil.  The potting mix needs to be very porous so that there is plenty of oxygen around the roots even when the mix is wet.  A recommended mix is 1 part sphagnum peat moss, 1 part perlite and 1 part ...

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The Season-ings Are A-Changin’

Variety is the spice of life in…well…a variety of ways! The changing of the seasons brings variety to the weather, and a variety of season-ings brings changes in the taste of foods! As people grow in their culinary skills, they’re discovering the fun and ease of flavoring their foods with fresh herbs, interesting combinations of …

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Howe History, Mystery, and Faith: St. James Chapel

This month, we are featuring a series of articles on Howe, Indiana, a small Northern Indiana town that deserves accolades for its charm, history, and tourism offerings. The first blog was written on a delicious Italian restaurant, Iannarelli’s. Click here to go to that blog. The next feature was on a beauty of a bed and breakfast, …

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Knowledge To Grow – African Violet Care

African violets are one of my favorite houseplants.  Their care takes little effort, they do not take up a lot of space and they bless me during the winter with beautiful blooms. A pleasing temperature for these houseplants is 65 to 80 degrees.  Anything above or below this will reduce blooming. They like strong, bright …

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Knowledge To Grow – Hellebores

Most Hellebores, also known as Lenten Roses, are an easy care plant and are a must have in my garden.  They are very hardy plants, grown in zones 4 – 8 and will survive some of the worst weather Mother Nature can throw at them.  Hellebores are primarily European natives, growing in open meadows in …

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10 Spring Break Ideas

Want to make some great spring break memories? Here’s a way to make kids, tweens, teens, and adults all happy at the same time: Come on over to LaGrange County, where you’ll find fun for everyone! While this page lists 10 fun-filled events, Melissa Troyer offers 91 more places to explore in her book, 101 Things …

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Knowledge To Grow – Seedling Damping Off

So you have selected the seeds, carefully planted them in their pots, watered them, kept them warm, watched them germinate and start their growing process and then, one by one, fall over, shrivel up and die. This horticultural disease is called damping off.  It is caused by soil borne fungi and it can occur before …

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Guests Become Friends at Mckenzie House Bed and Breakfast

The motto at McKenzie House Bed and Breakfast is, “Come as a guest, leave as a friend,” and if the owners, Bruce and Sherry, have anything to do with it, you will quickly become friends when you visit with them at this Middlebury, Indiana home away from home. After all, it has been Sherry’s livelong …

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