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Fall Webworm, Bagworm and Tent Caterpillars

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by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener

 

 

 

People have nothing on bugs when it comes to using bags and tents for protection while sleeping.  Some caterpillars have similar methods to protect them from the elements and from the voracious appetites of birds.

The Eastern Tent Caterpillar appear early in the season, usually in late April.   You will find their egg masses, which overwinter in this stage, attached Tent Caterpillarto small twigs, and appear as shiny, dark gray foam wrapped around the twig.  The larvae gather at a fork in a tree and build a web-like tent.  Tent Caterpillars like ...

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42 Signs You’re From Shipshewana, Indiana

1. You know how to pronounce “Shipshewana.” And it’s not “Shipshewan-ee” or “Sip-se-wana.” 2. You don’t have to pinch your nose at the smell of manure. To you, it’s just “good, fresh country air.” 3. Your driver’s education training included learning how to pass buggies and bicycles. 4. Rush hour is on Tuesdays & Wednesdays during …

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The Basics of Tomato Flavor

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener   There are plenty of fresh tomatoes to be had this time of year.  What makes the best tasting tomato?  Well, that all depends on what your taste buds prefer and a blend of plant chemistry and garden variables such as temperature, soil, rain and sun. Tomato flavor …

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End of Season Color

by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener   Your flower gardens may tend to not look their best by mid to late August.  It’s hot and dry and many perennials may be finished blooming now.  The coneflower may just be what you need to perk up that garden.  They all have a similar type of flower …

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Japanese Beetles

by Karen Weiland       Japanese beetles are one of the most aggressively damaging insect pests of landscape plants and turf grass.  Japanese beetle(Popillia japonica) larvae are a type of white grub that feeds on the roots of grass and the adult Japanese beetles eat the leaves and flowers on more than 300  plant …

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Good Bugs

  By Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener   Not all bugs are bad guys.  Some are beneficial pollinators and natural enemies of insect pests in our gardens. Many of the crawly, flying critters in our gardens work day and night crusading against evildoers like the beetle larvae, whiteflies, scale, caterpillars, grubs and aphids. Predatory insects …

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5 Tips for Shopping the Midwest’s Largest Flea Market

Visiting the Midwest’s Largest Flea Market in Shipshewana, Indiana can be a little overwhelming at first. With hundreds of booths to shop and so much to see, do and eat, we’d thought we would reach out to our frequent visitors and ask, “What are your best tips & tricks to navigating or shopping the flea …

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Luring Butterflies with Late Bloomers

by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     There are many plants other than the traditional garden mums that save their best show for last.  You can extend the flowering season by adding a few of these “late bloomers” to your garden and at the same time provide nectar for traveling butterflies.  We usually see …

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Rabbit Resistant Plants

by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener   This spring I potted up some gorgeous annuals which were growing very nicely in the repurposed chicken feeder I found at a farm auction.  The red, white and blue color scheme I chose was going to look great for the Fourth of July holiday.  One morning when I …

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