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15 Best Things to Do in Shipshewana, Indiana

This blog was originally posted on shipshewanatradingplace.com  By Anna Camburn Shipshewana brings simple living, Amish hospitality, amazing shopping, and fun activities to Northern Indiana. Take in the area’s best attractions including shopping the Midwest’s Largest Flea Market, catching a musical at the Blue Gate Theatre,  or eating a home-cooked Amish meal. (All group-friendly!) You’ll want to spend …

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DIY Succulent Soil

Succulents are very popular plants with their wonderful shapes and colors and they are drought tolerant to boot. I have found that not just any soil will make them happy. Ordinary potting soil holds too much moisture for these plants so I have taken to making my own mix. It is cheaper than purchasing commercially …

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Fall Lawn Care

Applying fertilizer is one of the most important procedures done as far as lawn care goes, as it influences grass color, helps it deal with stress and prevents weed invasion and disease.  Two important factors to consider when applying a fertilizer are when and how much.  Use Labor Day and Halloween as a guideline for …

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August Gardening

I consider August as the last month of summer. A time when the gardens are overflowing with produce and almost everything is lush and beautiful.    Late July and early August can be a bit dry due to little, if any, rainfall. There are some perennials in my gardens that tend to look a bit ragged …

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10 Ways To Unplug In Shipshewana, Indiana

In many vacation destinations, adding more digital technology can make trip experiences less personable and more about being quick. Shipshewana is one of the few exceptions to that trend, where simple living is all we know. Making it the perfect destination to unplug. Check out these 10 ways to “unplug” in Shipshewana, Indiana: 1. Hollow …

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Pruning Tomato Plants

The main goal of pruning and staking tomatoes is to keep the fruits off the soil and promote air circulation within the foliage of the plant. Pruned plants produce bigger and earlier fruits because more of the plant energy is channeled into fruit production and ripening and not into the branches and leaves.  Pruning is …

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How to Handle Suckering Plants

Lilacs are known for what is called “sucker growth”.  This is when the plant sprouts new growth from the root system.  Some varieties are more prone to this than others, so to minimize suckering, choose varieties that generally sucker less.  Do some research before making your purchase. Generally, most trees and shrubs have the capability …

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Dealing With Spider Mites

Spider Mites  are 8 legged pests that can seriously threaten the health of plants.  They feed on plant leaves by piercing the tissue and sucking out the green liquid inside.    Spider mites are not fussy about what they feed on as they like both indoor and outdoor plants. There are many different kinds of spider …

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Blue Gate Announces New Performing Arts Center

We are excited to announce the construction of a new Performing Arts Center by the Blue Gate Hospitality Group. This is going to allow a whole new level of entertainment to perform in Shipshewana. The acts you’ll have a chance to see in your favorite destination will amaze you! The Performing Arts Center will be …

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