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Garden Tools

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     No matter how large or small your garden, there are certain things you should know about garden tools.  First, do not skimp on quality.  Generally, the more pricey tools will last longer unless you accidentally throw them out with the weeds.  Believe me, at that point …

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DIY Portable Watering System

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     Getting water to remote garden areas can be a real pain.  Unrolling and rolling up 150 to 200 feet of garden hose is not a fun job, especially if you have to do it several times a week.  I use a portable watering system at work …

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Toad Lily

  by Karen Weiland, Advacned Master Gardener       Tricyrtis is a genus in the lily family more commonly known as toad lilies.  They are native to Asia, and of the sixteen to twenty species, only two (and their hybrids) are commonly grown as garden plants.  They are an herbaceous perennial that will lend …

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Storing your Apple Harvest

by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener       “An apple a day will keep the doctor away” a fruit vendor said to me as he was trying to get me to purchase a bushel of his red beauties.   I thought to myself that I would never be able to eat all of those apples …

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Shipshewana Rolled out the Red Carpet for these Young Ladies!

I recently had the pleasure to attend a beautiful young lady’s Birthday Party, hosted at Kids Kreations in downtown Shipshewana on Harrison Street. When we arrived balloons, cookies, and all the fixings to make a doll were appropriately placed.   This birthday started off with each party member picking out their doll! These are not …

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Chrysanthemums

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     I love when the leaves start to change color and the fall weather brings us cooler temperatures.  Although I enjoy the warmth of summer, the change from heat and humidity feels good.  Speaking of fall color, the chrysanthemum is prized for infusing the landscape with vibrant …

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10 Answered Questions About Amish Lifestyle

This post orginally appeared on shipshewanatradingplace.com By Loren Beachy Many people are fascinated by the Amish culture in our area. Visitors often are curious about the reasons behind the Amish lifestyle and traditions.   In this blog, Loren Beachy, a resident of Goshen, Indiana and member of the Old Order Amish Church, seeks to answer 10 …

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Winter Storage of Tender Plants

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener   Before we know it, it is going to be time to dig up and store those tender 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 …

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Dividing Iris

    by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener       The iris is one of the oldest garden flowers and can often be seen as a remnant of a long ago abandoned garden. Most iris spread by way of underground stems that are called rhizomes.  These rhizomes can become too crowded over a period …

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