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Knowledge to Grow – Determinate and Indeterminate Tomatoes

One of the most popularly grown vegetables is the tomato.  If you have ever eaten a sun ripened tomato straight from the garden you know why.  The store bought tomatoes just do not deliver the party in your mouth that the home grown tomatoes do.  So you decide you want to grow your own but …

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Big House, Little Woods – Big on Amish Surroundings

Each time I visit a bed and breakfast, I declare that one my favorite. So far, I have six favorites. Each one is as unique as the owners who invite their guests into the homes. Welcome to Big House in the Little Woods Bed & Breakfast Today makes my seventh favorite as I visited Big House …

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Strawberry Season in Quilt Country

I snagged this beauty of Pennsylvania-German influence at the Shipshewana Antique Show this last busy 48-hour weekend. My first ever, strawberry quilt in 40 years of quilt hunting! Who would have guessed a somewhat rare strawberry quilt to show up during strawberry season! I may have to keep this one! “You never know,” I say to myself, “who, …

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Hollyhock Diseases and Pests

The Hollyhock (Alcea rosea) is truly an old fashioned garden plant I like to grow for their tall spikes with showy flowers. They are the quintessential cottage garden flower and are great for filling in large areas like the back of a flower bed, along a fence or a wall. Hollyhocks are biennial plants.  They …

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Knowledge To Grow – DIY Rain Barrel

Using rain barrels to collect and conserve water creates an alternative supply that will not tax the groundwater supply or hike up your water bill.  For each inch of rain that falls on 500 square feet of roof, you can collect 300 gallons of water.  It has become a rather popular do-it-yourself project for gardeners.  …

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Curious About the Amish Culture: What is Amish School Like?

A friend who recently visited wondered out loud, “I wonder what it would be like to go to an Amish school?” I thought her question was a great one, with now being the end of the school year and students graduating. And so, with pen in hand and “detective” hat on head, I set out …

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Knowledge To Grow – Container Plant Combinations

Whether you are using perennials or annuals, choosing from all the different varieties can be a bit overwhelming.  I like to choose plant combinations in three’s. Begin by picking one plant as the foundation.   Then decide if you want to organize your threesome by texture, shape or color.  A combination of any of these design …

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Embracing Change

Meet Our New Guest Blogger: Cathy Safiran and her husband have been gracing the grounds of the Shipshewana Flea Market for 25 years! As vendors, they truly enjoy meeting new people. Cathy’s blog is called “A Vendor’s Two Cents,” but her insights are priceless. Stop by booths 908 and 909 and say hello! Welcome to the …

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What Do The Shipshewana Auction & Amusement Parks Have in Common?

Family time is meant to be fun, exciting, and memorable. For those reasons, many families choose to spend a day at an amusement park. But, have you ever considered spending quality family time at Wednesday’s Shipshewana Auction? This event is an equally fun way to create family memories while also inducing excitement for all. It’s …

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