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A Great Time to Plant is Now!

Posted by: Dustin Stillinger on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 3:00:00 pm

You might not be able to tell from advertisements or the plant stock at some retailers, but we are in a prime time planting period: late summer and fall! This has the Minnetrista Horticulture crew making plans to get plants in the ground and transplant what we can!

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Jam and Jelly–You can make both!

Posted by: Ashley Mann on Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 3:00:00 pm

If you have read my blog for a while, it is probably apparent to you that I love jam. Jam is a great way to start learning to preserve; and it is obvious what you can do with it. It is one of my favorite gifts to give people as well.

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A Ball Jar That Isn’t a Fruit Jar

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 12:00:00 am

 

Jars, jars, and more jars. In addition to more than 1,000 fruit jars, the Minnetrista Heritage Collections includes approximately 100 packer jars. So what is a packer jar? 

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What Makes a Better Baby?

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 3:00:00 pm

While I was looking through the Minnetrista Heritage Collection for artifacts to include in an upcoming exhibit about children, I came across a yellow ribbon awarded for “Fifth Premium” in the Better Baby Contest held at the Indiana State Fair in 1926. Really! How does one determine what makes a “Better Baby?” I did a little research. First, I found a photograph depicting “Better Babies Day” at the Delaware County Fair in 1924. Hmmm—that ribbon wasn’t an anomaly.

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These Aren’t Your Garden-Variety Containers

Posted by: Clair Burt on Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 4:00:00 pm

Containers can add form, texture, and color to areas that have limited garden spaces, like around buildings, sidewalks, vertical walls, and patios. The traditional container with annuals is great for beautifying your home, but next year you may want to try something different. Here are unique container displays that you can see at Minnetrista.

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New recipes!

Posted by: Ashley Mann on Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 12:00:00 am

We are into our growing season in East Central Indiana now.  I’m so excited by how many yummy tomatoes are ripening on the branches of my plants. I’ve already made some salsa and I will can some plain tomatoes soon.

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Ball Brothers Company Sponsors a Canning Contest

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 3:00:00 pm

What a great idea! Give away a jar, encourage canning, and, of course, sell a few products. That’s exactly what Ball Brothers Company did for the International Canning Contests held during the 1930s.

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“Happy Little Trees” at Minnetrista

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 3:00:00 pm

Lucius L. Ball, his wife Sarah, and their daughter Helen used the room to the left of the entrance to their home as a parlor. It is now used by Minnetrista as a classroom and meeting space. During the 1980s, though, the room had a much different function.  It was a recording studio for WIPB, the local public broadcasting station, and starting in February 1984, Bob Ross of “happy little trees” fame produced The Joy of Painting in that room.

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Crown Rot makes for Rotten News

Posted by: Dustin Stillinger on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 3:45:00 pm

 

 

When you manage 21 acres of gardens and natural areas like we do at Minnetrista, the last thing you want to hear from one of your gardeners is that they found a plant disease and that it is moving fast. I hoped she was wrong. After checking it out myself, she most certainly wasn’t. It’s affecting hostas on the Minnetrista Boulevard. Now what?  

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What to do with Chutney?!

Posted by: Ashley Lichtenbarger on Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 5:00:00 pm

Twice in the last few years I’ve chosen to have a chutney workshop. This year we will have a Spicy Tomato Chutney workshop on August 6—check our workshops page for details. Because I choose the foods that we can at workshops, you may assume chutney is one of my favorite condiments. That may be the case now. However, when I first decided to do it, I had never had any before—or at least didn’t think I had. So, before the first workshop, I had to do a bit of research. I didn’t even know what to do with chutney!

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