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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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The Great Race

If you’re from the Midwest, you’ve probably made the drive to Florida before. For the few hundred people driving in The Great Race, it’s been quite a different experience. Starting in Jackson, Florida, 149 cars traveled the backroads to Traverse City, Michigan. This isn’t just your average road trip, nor is it a race to …

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Shade Lovers

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener       Say goodbye to dull shady spots and hello to wonderful color, texture and shape.  Not all shade is the same and can be broken down into 5 different categories. Dense shade means that no light reaches this area.  Full shade will last all day, such …

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Luring Winged Wonders

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     Welcome butterflies to stay in your garden for every stage of their development.  Develop places for sunning, laying eggs, plant host plants for hungry caterpillars, add water sources and a safe place for metamorphosis. Most flowers or plants that attract butterflies need about 6 hours of …

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Do you Know the Story Behind these 16 Huge Murals in Shipshewana, Indiana?

this blog was originally posted on shipshewanatradingplace.com  When you think of Shipshewana, Indiana, you probably think of the huge flea market, the good food, or perhaps the Amish community. What you may not know is that Shipshewana has sixteen gorgeous and huge murals painted all over town! In the summer of 2014, a group of highly-skilled …

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Pruning Tomato Plants

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     The main goal of pruning and staking tomatoes is to keep the fruits off the ground and protect them from sunburn.  Pruned plants produce bigger and earlier fruits because more of the plant energy is channeled into the fruit production and ripening and not into the …

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Shop Hop… Say What??!!

The Annual Shipshewana Quilt Festival is coming up, June 21-24, 2017.  Every year at this time thousands of women (and a few good men) flock to the Shipshewana Event Center for a week filled with all things quilting!  Now before I continue, I have to be honest… I am NOT a quilter.  Don’t get me …

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Caring for Petunias in Hanging Baskets

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     A hanging basket of petunias is sure to reward you with a bounty of colorful blooms all summer, that is, if you take care of it properly. Watering and fertilizing is critical when it comes to caring for petunias in a hanging basket.  Keep in mind …

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