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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

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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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Garlic Mustard

by Karen Weiland, Advance Master Gardener Garlic mustard is considered one of the most invasive, non-native plants in Indiana.  This plant is self fertile and very hard to get rid of once it has established itself.  Non-native, invasive species are organisms brought to an area that have become serious environmental pests.  One reason for their …

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Tree Planting Basics

by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener Arbor Day is on Sunday, April 28th an I cannot think of any better way to celebrate it than to plant a tree or two.  Along with adding beauty and value to ones home, trees also provide shade and wind protection for many years if given the proper start.   …

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Surfacing of Tree Roots

by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener       I’m sure all of you have witnessed, at one time or another, the buckling of concrete sidewalks and paved driveways due to roots from a nearby tree.  Tree roots will also sometimes surface in lawns, causing a nuisance when trying to mow the grass. There a …

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6 Myths to Keeping Group Travelers Happy

By Lora Gates Traveling with a group can be rewarding, exciting and sometimes tricky. Whether traveling with friends or family or planning group travel as a travel leader, you encounter some of the same challenges.   I remember the few times I have traveled with a group and no matter the size – small or …

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