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Knowledge To Grow – Hellebores

Most Hellebores, also known as Lenten Roses, are an easy care plant and are a must have in my garden.  They are very hardy plants, grown in zones 4 – 8 and will survive some of the worst weather Mother Nature can throw at them.  Hellebores are primarily European natives, growing in open meadows in …

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10 Spring Break Ideas

Want to make some great spring break memories? Here’s a way to make kids, tweens, teens, and adults all happy at the same time: Come on over to LaGrange County, where you’ll find fun for everyone! While this page lists 10 fun-filled events, Melissa Troyer offers 91 more places to explore in her book, 101 Things …

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Knowledge To Grow – Seedling Damping Off

So you have selected the seeds, carefully planted them in their pots, watered them, kept them warm, watched them germinate and start their growing process and then, one by one, fall over, shrivel up and die. This horticultural disease is called damping off.  It is caused by soil borne fungi and it can occur before …

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Guests Become Friends at Mckenzie House Bed and Breakfast

The motto at McKenzie House Bed and Breakfast is, “Come as a guest, leave as a friend,” and if the owners, Bruce and Sherry, have anything to do with it, you will quickly become friends when you visit with them at this Middlebury, Indiana home away from home. After all, it has been Sherry’s livelong …

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TripAdvisor Ranks this Shipshewana Hotel No. 1

The Oscars were on television last night. As I watched, I sat and wondered, “If an Oscar Award were granted to ‘Best Hotel in Shipshewana,’ that coveted award would be given to Van Buren Hotel.” Unfortunately, an Oscar is not awarded in this category, but TripAdvisor.com, the most viewed online resource for accommodations, bestows this locally-owned …

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Winterizing Strawberries

Guest blogger Karen Weiland tickles our fresh fruit fancy by instructing us on how to winterize our strawberries. Oh my…fresh berries…can’t wait for them to arrive! Read on for Karen’s instructions…. Applying a protective layer of mulch to strawberries is probably one of the last gardening chores to be done before settling in to the …

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Seeds of History about Topeka Seed and Stove

Last week I wrote about local business Topeka Seed and Stove for our Business of the Month. This retailer, like so many in our area, is special because, not only does it reflect the long-held American ethic of hard work paying off, it also shares a long, vibrant history with its local culture. Topeka Seed …

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