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Hold The Salt Please

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by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener

 

 

Too much salt in a person’s diet can cause problems. Here in our northern climate the same can be true for plants located near sidewalks and roadways. While they all set out to do the same job, some of the deicing materials on the market today are friendlier to our grass, plants and soil than others.

salt-damageSome plants seem to be unaffected by salt while others may totally be killed by it. Salts can affect plant growth by drying them out, altering the soil structure around the plants root system and altering the mineral nutrition in the plant. Some ...

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When to Prune Hydrangeas

by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener       One of the questions I get asked the most is when to prune hydrangeas.  Hydrangeas do not need to be cut back to live a long, floriferous life, however, there may be times that it will need to be trimmed.  Knowing what type of plant you …

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Are You Throwing Away Gold?

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     By this time of year you are probably tired of raking and disposing of all those leaves.  Well, leaves do not have to be a burden as they can be turned into a valuable soil enhancing material through composting.  Believe it or not, there’s treasure to …

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Woolly Bears

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardner     The following article was written by my fellow master gardener (Gold Level), Gwen Rinker. “These fuzzy caterpillars are famous for crossing roads and your driveway in autumn and for their alleged ability to predict the weather.  As soon as the weather gets chilly you can usually …

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Winterizing Roses

by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener       Roses are one of the oldest and most popular garden flowers grown.  Even though there is a plethora of information available on growing roses, my experience has been through trial and error.  When winterizing, your main concern is protecting your roses from extended periods of weather …

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Bringing Houseplants Indoors for the Winter

    by Karen Weiland     If you place your houseplants outdoors for the summer, it’s time to be bringing them indoors.  A gradual reintroduction to the indoors is best as conditions differ widely between indoors and out.  The sudden changes that take place with humidity, temperature and light can have detrimental effects on …

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The Little Red House with Big Italian Taste

The Little Red House with Big Italian Taste Iannarelli’s is a family owned Italian restaurant located in Howe, Indiana in LaGrange County. Terry and Joyce Iannarelli have owned the restaurant for 14 years. The restaurants home is a quaint historic home built in 1845 and decked out in red with white detail. It stands out …

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Berries for the Birds in Winter

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Gardener     The LaGrange County Master Gardener group may be small in numbers but we have a wealth of knowledge amongst our well seasoned members.  Gwen Rinker is a member of our group that has earned the Master Gardener Gold level, having been involved in the program since 2001.  …

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How to Convince Someone to go Shopping

With all of the holiday craft shows and marketplaces ahead (like the Shipshewana, Indiana Fall Market Series), you’re going to need a shopping buddy. Whether it’s a best friend, a mom, a daughter, or a hubby, going shopping is just better with someone at your side. But what happens if the person you want to go with …

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