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Knowledge To Grow – Tips and Tasks for the Fall Landscape

Fall is a great time of the year, with football season getting started and festivals and outdoor activities waiting to be enjoyed. It is also a time of year to thoroughly inspect your outdoor space. Chores such as cleaning up and mulching will help your landscape get off to a better start next spring. Fall is also a great time to plant trees, shrubs, perennials and spring blooming bulbs.

Giving your landscape a good cleaning this fall will help to prevent disease and insect problems for the next growing season since many pests overwinter in debris such as leaves and twigs. Clean up any fallen debris from diseased plants and remove it from your yard. Remove any dead, broken or diseased branches and twigs from trees and bushes. Do not do any major pruning until the plant had gone dormant. Inspect your trees for any limbs that, if covered in a layer of heavy ice, could break off and cause damage to buildings or landscape plantings.

After the leaves have fallen, give ...

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LaGrange County Barn Quilt Mural: 4-H Star

To celebrate the LaGrange County Barn Quilt Tour, we are devoting two blogs a month on information regarding a specific mural you will see dotting the Amish backroads in Northern Indiana. Even though we have numbered the blogs, the order in which we present the murals isn’t terribly important, as you can begin your own …

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The Amish Don’t Step on their Grapes, Lucy Ricardo

The “I Love Lucy” scene is famous: Lucy and Ricky go to Italy, and Lucy finds herself in the middle of a huge grape vat, squashing grapes with her feet. Not so famous is a different way of getting grape juice from the beautiful fruit. My Amish friend, Miss Lydia, showed me how she makes …

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Ten Reasons to Love Hollow Ridge Lodging

Of all the articles I have written on lodging in Shipshewana & LaGrange County, almost all the places featured provide access to the local culture. Hollow Ridge Lodging is the most unique for numerous reasons, and one of the eight reasons listed below might just be why you choose to stay here. Reason One: Hollow Ridge Lodging is …

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Knowledge To Grow – Winter Storage of Tender Bulbs

Before we know it, it is going to be time to dig up and store those tender bulbous plants such as Cannas, Dahlias, Tuberous Begonias, Gladiolus and Elephant’s Ears.  These summer bulbs need to be lifted from the soil and stored in a cool area indoors for their winters rest. Allow the Canna foliage to …

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