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Do the Amish Celebrate Christmas?

This blog was originally posted December 21, 2015, revised October 26, 2018 by Jordan Mazzoni. You probably won’t find decorated trees, hanging wreaths, or wrapped presents in an Amish home during the holidays, but you will find the spirit of Christmas alive and well. As I was out and about these last few weeks visiting …

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Preparing Garden Soil for Spring

    by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     As I have been cleaning up my garden recently the thought came to me that I need to plant a cover crop before cold weather sets in.  It is important, that to have a healthy garden, you need to take good care of the soil …

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Bulb Planting and Care

    by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     Fall is the best time to plant hardy, spring blooming bulbs and properly preparing the planting site is a must.  Good soil drainage is important to healthy bulb life so if your soil contains clay, amending it with some compost, peat moss or other organic …

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10 Ways To Unplug In Shipshewana, Indiana

You see evidence of this every day, more and more people are spending more time on their phones and less talking to an actual human. And 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, …

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Dividing Perennials

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener       One of the maintenance chores of growing perennials is that of dividing them when needed.  There is no set time to do it.  Some may need it every 3 – 5 years, some 8 – 10 years and some would rather not have you touch …

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CopperTop Tavern – Foodie Friday

When Foodie Friday rolled around this week, I was more excited than usual. I haven’t eaten at The CopperTop Tavern in months, so it was long overdue. CopperTop is famous in the county for their delicious food and fun atmosphere. We took our food to-go but eating there is an even better experience, especially if …

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October Garden

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener       Some may think that, with the arrival of the cooler weather of fall, garden duties become less.  I find that not so true.  There are still many things to do, including some planting for the next   growing season.  Planting garlic for next years  harvest, sowing …

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Using Cover Crops in the Garden

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     If you would like to increase the amount of organic matter in your garden soil, planting a cover crop would be a good beginning.  Nearly all garden soils need organic matter to  maintain the bacteria, fungi, earthworms and other forms of life needed to make it …

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Scenic Fall Drive in Shipshewana, Indiana

Click here to Download the Directions & Map Typically when you roll into Shipshewana, you’re greeted by endless farms and open fields. It might be surprising to hear of the beautiful fall foliage that can be seen this time of year. The natural beauty here in LaGrange County can often be underappreciated, many people not …

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