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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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White Grub Destruction in Lawns

Does your lawn show wilting and browning of irregularly shaped areas?  If so you may have an infestation of white grubs.  There could be many reasons for lawn browning, especially in late summer when rainfall is not abundant.  White grubs feed on the roots of grass.  Check the root zone of affected areas by carefully …

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Best Tours in Amish Country, Indiana

You’re in Amish Country, so what better way to immerse yourself in the culture than a tour? Whether you’d rather travel by buggy or bus, there’s a tour to satisfy your curiosity. Get Up Close and Personal with the Amish Way of Living Hop on board the bus and join your tour guide for a …

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Controlling Bindweed

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 get rid of, but with some time and patience it …

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Rejuvenate an Old Asparagus Bed

I was recently asked how to rejuvenate an old, neglected asparagus bed. Asparagus beds, if taken care of properly, can produce for fifteen or more years. One of the biggest issues of poor producing asparagus beds is the competition for water and nutrients with weeds. Pull them, mow them off and/or spray them. Soft, moist …

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