Summer Watering Tips: Getting to the Root of the Problem

Posted by: Dustin Stillinger on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 5:00:00 pm


For your own garden at home, keep the following tips in mind to help take some of the guess work out of watering plants correctly.

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Two Accessories to Add to Your Canning Toolbox

Posted by: Ashley Lichtenbarger on Friday, July 5, 2013 at 10:30:00 am

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Here is an overview of two tools Jarden released this year that aren’t included in the basic Ball® Utensil Set but have made canning a little bit easier for me!

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How to Date a Ball Jar

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 5:00:00 pm


No, not at a movie on Saturday night. Not that kind of date. Instead, I mean how do you tell how old your Ball jar is?

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Wizard of Oz Hat

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 12:00:00 am

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In the late 1960s, Frances Petty Sargent and her late husband, Ed Petty, were in San Francisco shortly after MGM held an auction of stored properties. While shopping in a store on Ghiradelli Square, they purchased the Munchkin hat from that auction and, thus, began a hobby of collecting hats and other headgear that continued into the 1980s.

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Four Types of Ferns You Can Add To Your Garden

Posted by: Clair Burt on Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 9:00:00 am

Did you know that some types of ferns can be red, purple, or even copper in color? Or that some ferns spread rapidly, some gradually, and some don’t spread at all?

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Jump Start Your Canning Season With Some Tasty Freezer Jam!

Posted by: Ashley Lichtenbarger on Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 3:00:00 pm

If you are getting prepared for the preservation season once again, or if you are just now entering into the world of canning for the first time, freezer jam is a great start to any season!

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The Wives

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 5:00:00 pm

Earlier, I introduced the Ball brothers, their parents, and their sisters. This month, we’ll meet the wives.

William was the first brother to marry. His bride, Emma Wood, was born in Massachusetts, graduated from Concord Ladies Seminary, and then moved to Buffalo, New York, where she met William. In Muncie, she was active with the county humane society and the Daughters of the American Revolution. Her obituary noted that “She was one of those kindly, generous people who derived their chief satisfaction in helping others….”

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Port Glass Company of Muncie

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 12:00:00 am

The next time you drive by Westside Park in Muncie, look to the north as you pass Hutchison Avenue. One hundred years ago, you wouldn’t have seen houses, trees or a nursing home. Instead, you would have seen Port Glass Works, a large operating glass factory, where hundreds of workers made fruit jars by hand...

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Caution: Some plants to avoid buying for your home garden

Posted by: Dustin Stillinger on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 9:00:00 am

It’s time to stop by your favorite garden retailers to pick up some plants for your summer garden. Before doing so, here are some plants you should avoid or at least use with caution. 

Pros and Cons of the Ball FreshTECH Automatic Jam and Jelly Maker

Posted by: Ashley Lichtenbarger on Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 12:00:00 am

 See the  Ball FreshTECH Automatic Jam and Jelly Maker at work making a batch of pepper jelly!

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