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Peanut Butter

I’ve lived here most of my adult life and there is one thing I never get tired of… the Amish Peanut Butter!  It’s crazy to think that this little condiment can literally be used for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!  If you are unfamiliar with this gooey smooth rich peanut butter, let me give you a …

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Ornamental Grasses

by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener       For me ornamental grasses rank at the top of the easy to grow list.  Most grasses require minimal care, are very adaptable and will grow in poorer soils.  Grasses are so easy to use in many different areas of the landscape and garden as screens, accents …

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Hop on a Guided Tour

One thing I always suggest to people that want to learn about the area and the Amish culture is to take a guided tour. Sure, driving around the countryside is a great way to get a feel, but why not have a guide along to tell you about the pieces of information you wouldn’t otherwise …

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Sour Mulch

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener       Wood chips and bark nuggets have been used by gardeners for years as mulch around landscape plants.  Mulch is very beneficial to plants in that it prevents weed growth, evaporation of moisture in the soil, keeps the roots cool during the hot summer months and …

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Tacos, Tacos, Tacos!

If you’ve been to LaGrange County before, you know you’ll find great food. Anything from fried chicken, pork tenderloin, brisket sandwiches, you name it! And endless restaurants to try all of the local flavor. But no one ever thinks about the tacos… that’s right, I said tacos! And it’s not just the ground beef ones …

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Controlling Bindweed

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener       Many a gardener has had the displeasure of trying to rid their garden of a frustrating weed called bindweed.  Some people call it creeping Jenny or wild morning glory because, well, it looks like morning glory.  It can be rather difficult to control or even …

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Pet Friendly LaGrange County

There’s always one downside for going on vacation. I know, you’re thinking there can’t be a downside, you’re leaving your work, bills and responsibilities behind, but you’re also leaving that furry little friend to wonder why you’re not home at 5:42 like a usual day. So, why not just bring Fido along for the ride? …

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Eliminating Weeds in the Garden

by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener       What is a weed?  People have different views on what is and is not a weed.  I see mullein as a beautiful plant with its fuzzy, silvery leaves and tiny yellow flowers.  I like to use them in my landscape around my potting shed.   My farmer …

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Why Plants Fail to Bloom

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     Flowering plants that don’t bloom as expected can be a big disappointment.  There are a handful of reasons from which to choose, but a little detective work can usually pinpoint the cause. Nutrition-Too much nitrogen can cause plants to produce a lot of leaves and stems …

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