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Tacos, Tacos, Tacos!

If you’ve been to LaGrange County before, you know you’ll find great food. Anything from fried chicken, pork tenderloin, brisket sandwiches, you name it! And endless restaurants to try all of the local flavor. But no one ever thinks about the tacos… that’s right, I said tacos! And it’s not just the ground beef ones with lettuce and cheese that you get at Taco Bell (although one of those every now and then will do). Around here you can find anything from steak, chicken, chorizo, and even brisket, wrapped in a corn or flour tortilla, or even multiple tortillas, topped with onion and cilantro, or lettuce and cheese, maybe with guacamole… Okay, you get it there’s endless combinations. But where do you find all these delicious little Mexican treats?

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Controlling Bindweed

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener       Many a gardener has had the displeasure of trying to rid their garden of a frustrating weed called bindweed.  Some people call it creeping Jenny or wild morning glory because, well, it looks like morning glory.  It can be rather difficult to control or even …

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Pet Friendly LaGrange County

There’s always one downside for going on vacation. I know, you’re thinking there can’t be a downside, you’re leaving your work, bills and responsibilities behind, but you’re also leaving that furry little friend to wonder why you’re not home at 5:42 like a usual day. So, why not just bring Fido along for the ride? …

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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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