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Curious About the Amish Culture

A blog reader recently posted the question, “Why do Amish women wear aprons?” I responded that I would post the answer when I found it. Since I didn’t grow up in an area surrounded by the Amish community, I often have to go to the sources themselves to find the answer. To find this answer, …

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About The Amish Culture: Six Social Courtesies

LaGrange County and Shipshewana are home to the third largest Amish community in the nation. This community’s simple way of life is the reason many people visit our area—to observe, learn about, pay tribute to, and purchase items from the Amish. With the travel season upon us, here are a few things to remember as …

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Knowledge To Grow – Edible Landscaping

Edible landscaping is the integration of edible plants into the ornamental landscape.  More people are looking toward growing their own nutritious produce at home, thus saving money and natural resources at the same time.  Think about incorporating fruit trees and blueberry bushes into the planting scheme of your yard or lining the side of your …

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About April’s Business of the Month, Raber Patios

The April Business of the Month celebrates Raber Patio Enclosures and Furniture, a locally owned and operated business. This blog is the third installment of the series. To read the first blog, click here. To read about Raber’s Open House, click here. In 1985, with a vision for quality and an entrepreneurial spirit, Amish businessman Ervin Raber …

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Twin Mills Camping Resort Has a New Mayor

Folks, there’s a new mayor in town, and his name is Paul Petrulis. He will shake your hand, join you at the campfire, and maybe eat your marshmallows. Once you meet him, though, you won’t mind; he’s witty and kind, and he’s not the mayor of any town…that is, unless Twin Mills Camping Resort is …

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Spring Gardening Things To Do

Spring is here and it’s time to get busy! FLOWERS, VEGETABLES AND SMALL FRUIT The weak, diseased or damaged canes from raspberry plants should be removed before new growth starts. If you did not remove them last year, remove the old fruiting canes and shorten the remaining canes if they need it. Grapes need to …

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LaGrange County Barn Quilt Mural: Lone Star and Flower Basket

To celebrate the LaGrange County Barn Quilt Tour, we are devoting two blogs a month on information regarding a specific mural you will see dotting the Amish backroads in Northern Indiana. Even though we have numbered the blogs, the order in which we present the murals isn’t terribly important, as you can begin your own …

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Knowledge To Grow – Growing Asparagus

Rich in iron, calcium, vitamin C and B vitamins, asparagus is one of the first crops to be harvested in the spring and if given the proper planting and care, an asparagus bed can be productive for 15 years or more. The asparagus bed should be located in a sunny area.  It can tolerate a …

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LaGrange County Barn Quilt Mural: Variable Star Variation

To celebrate the LaGrange County Barn Quilt Tour, we are devoting two blogs a month on information regarding a specific mural you will see dotting the Amish backroads in Northern Indiana. Even though we have numbered the blogs, the order in which we present the murals isn’t terribly important, as you can begin your own …

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