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Scenic Fall Drive in Shipshewana, Indiana

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 knowing about hidden gems like the Pigeon River …

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Caring for your Christmas Cactus

The Christmas Cactus is a popular holiday gift and also a subject of discussion amongst gardeners as to how to care for it and what it takes to make it bloom.  It always helps to know the origin of a plant to understand what makes it tick. This plant is a succulent, tropical type of …

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Stokes Aster Flowers

When giving some thought recently about fall-blooming, perennial flowers the ever-popular chrysanthemum or mums as they are usually called, was the first to come to mind. However, there is another flower that is a fall bloomer called Aster. There are many different kinds with varying heights and flower colors. They are easy to grow and …

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Asian Lady Beetle

Is Something Bugging You?                           Gardeners, farmers and orchardists consider lady beetles to be a beneficial insect because they feed on plant pests.  While there is no doubt that the Asian lady beetle is helping to control aphid and scale infestations outdoors, home owners are not as enchanted by the little pest finding their way indoors.  …

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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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