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African Violet Care

by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener       African violets are one of my favorite houseplants.  Their care takes little effort, they do not take up a lot of space and they bless me during the winter with beautiful blooms. A pleasing temperature for these houseplants is 65 to 80 degrees.  Anything above or …

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Road Trip Season

Summer is almost over… that’s right, I said it. I’m not happy about it either. But the keyword here is “almost.” That means you still have time to get those last minute summer plans in that you didn’t have time to do before. I know somewhere on that list of things you want to do …

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Peanut Butter

I’ve lived here most of my adult life and there is one thing I never get tired of… the Amish Peanut Butter!  It’s crazy to think that this little condiment can literally be used for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!  If you are unfamiliar with this gooey smooth rich peanut butter, let me give you a …

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Ornamental Grasses

by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener       For me ornamental grasses rank at the top of the easy to grow list.  Most grasses require minimal care, are very adaptable and will grow in poorer soils.  Grasses are so easy to use in many different areas of the landscape and garden as screens, accents …

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Hop on a Guided Tour

One thing I always suggest to people that want to learn about the area and the Amish culture is to take a guided tour. Sure, driving around the countryside is a great way to get a feel, but why not have a guide along to tell you about the pieces of information you wouldn’t otherwise …

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Sour Mulch

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener       Wood chips and bark nuggets have been used by gardeners for years as mulch around landscape plants.  Mulch is very beneficial to plants in that it prevents weed growth, evaporation of moisture in the soil, keeps the roots cool during the hot summer months and …

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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 …

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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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