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It’s Strawberry Pickin’ Time

 

by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener

 

 

Strawberry shortcake with a side of vanilla ice cream, strawberry pie loaded with whipped cream, home-made strawberry jam – got you hungry for them?  It’s that time of year to start enjoying the taste of those sweet and sometimes tart red berries.

Strawberries are fairly easy to grow here in Indiana and are one of the most popular small fruits grown in the home garden.  Strawberries like most soil types but do best on sandy loam or loam soils with good surface drainage and where heavy soils with poor drainage occur, they should be planted in a raised bed fashion ...

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There’s Nothing Better than Paddling These Two Rivers Near Shipshewana

this blog was oringinally posted on shipshewanatradingplace.com By Anna Pasquali Ahhhh…Summer. If you’re like me, there’s nothing better than getting outside to enjoy the beautiful sunshine and nature during the warm Indiana months. One great way to take advantage of this glourious season is to paddle one of the amazing waterways near Shipshewana.   There …

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What Is Ascension Day?

All around town in the Amish businesses, I’ve been seeing signs that read: “Closed May 25 for Ascension Day.” I finally asked Chris, an Amish businessman, what the significance of the holiday is and how the Amish observe it. Chris said the holiday represents the day Jesus ascended into Heaven after He was resurrected. He …

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Viral Diseases of Raspberries

    by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     Red and black raspberries are vulnerable to a number of viruses and an infection can reduce yields by as much as 70 percent.  Mosaic, streak, leaf-curl and tomato ring-spot are the four main viruses of raspberries.  There are other raspberry disorders that can cause symptoms …

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Companion Planting in the Vegetable Garden

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     Plants, like people, influence each other and some get along better together than others.  Companion planting is when two or more crops are planted near each other with the theory that they help each other in nutrient uptake, better pest management, better pollination and higher yields. …

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Trimming Your Garden and Your Figure

by Karen Weiland, Master Gardener Many gardeners spend hours reading and researching how to make a healthier, more beautiful and productive garden.  But have you ever given any thought to how gardening can produce a healthier you?  I think the idea of gardening for exercise is one of the best kept secrets.  I enjoy it, …

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