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Cole Crops vs Cold Crops

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Garderner     Have you ever listened to a garden speaker and heard he or she talk about cole crops…or was that cold crops?  The two words sound so much alike.  Did you leave wondering what the difference was?  Well, to clear up the confusion, there are both. Cold …

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7 Unforgettable Christmas Activities in Shipshewana

This post orginally appeared on shipshewanatradingplace.com By Anna Pasquali Shipshewana is a town that loves to go all out for the holidays. Beautiful lights start appearing in town in early November, and the Christmas events and activities start soon after. If you love Christmas, spending time with your loved ones, and small-town hospitality, then you’ve got to visit Shipshewana …

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Gardening Gifts

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     If you have an interest in gardening, you’ll want the best possible tools for all of your garden tasks.  Gardening can be easier, more fun, efficient and maybe a bit safer with the right tools in your hand. Maybe you are looking for a gift for …

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Floating Row Covers

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     While you are leafing through your seed catalogs this winter, check out what they have to offer in floating row covers.  Gardeners can satisfy their itch to get plants in the ground earlier in the spring and extend the growing season in the fall by using …

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Protecting Plants During Winter

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     I know many of you are not thinking much about gardening this time of year, but winter weather has the potential to cause much damage to landscape plants. Here are a few steps that can be taken to prevent or minimize winter damage. Branches that normally …

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Growing Herbs in the Winter

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     Even when our gardens are enjoying a winter nap beneath a blanket of snow, we can still enjoy the taste of fresh herbs right from our own kitchen. Herbs are plants that are used whole or in part for their flavor.  Cooking with herbs has taken …

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Overwintering Perennials in Containers

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     Growing perennials in containers is a very popular practice.   Containers do not provide the roots with the protection they need during cold weather.  A layer of mulch and snow can act as a blanket that protects perennials in containers during the winter months.  Snow in the …

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This Shipshewana Restaurant has the Coolest History and the Best Pie!

This post orginally appeared on shipshewanatradingplace.com By Anna Pasquali   It’s rare to find a restaurant with such a history. The Shipshewana Auction Restaurant, located at Shipshewana Auction & Flea Market, is a charming sit-down eatery that serves the buyers, sellers and visitors to the auction and flea market. Customers love to fill up on Amish & Mennonite favorites including …

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Winterizing Strawberry Plants

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     As temperatures move closer to freezing and below, don’t forget to protect next season’s strawberry crop by giving those plants a nice cover of mulch. The main threat to strawberry plants during the winter months are cold temperatures, excessive drying of the crowns and the repeated …

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