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Waynedale Outdoors Guide

Enjoy outdoors activities like gardening, camping, hiking and more? This section is for you! These articles contain the latest local outdoors news and entertainment from around the Waynedale (Fort Wayne), Indiana area.

PRESERVE THE HARVEST FOR WINTER MEALS AND HOLIDAY GIFTS

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The cucumbers have filled the vegetable drawer, you've run out of cabbage recipes and your family is refusing to eat one more BLT. Or maybe you just couldn't resist that special deal on a bushel of tomatoes, potatoes or apples at the farmer's market. So what is a gardener or shopper to do with all that produce?

Since properly stored vegetables will hold their flavor and nutritional value longer than those left in a plastic bag or set on the sunny kitchen counter, consider preserving some for...

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TIME TO CUT BACK YOUR AMARYLLIS

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One of the easiest-to-grow, blooming bulb plants is the South American Amaryllis. This bulb thrives on normal household temperatures of around 70 degrees and will bloom in only 6 to 8 weeks after it is planted. The botanical named Hippeastrum, or Amaryllis comes in a wide variety of colors such as red, white, pink, salmon and orange, and even a couple of striped varieties of red and white or pink and white. If you are growing one from last year then read last paragraph first.

When shopping for...

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HARDY MUMS

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While researching for "facts" on the topic of Hardy Mums, I was caught by surprise to see that every article recommends planting these perennials in the spring. What's so odd about this is that Hardy Mums are usually only available during the late summer and early fall. But then I figured out what they were talking about...spring is the time when you are supposed to divide your mums that wintered over from last year. It is also the time when we, in the business receive and plant the cuttings to...

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TRAIL NOW ACCESSIBLE WITH POWER WHEELCHAIR

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A specialized wheelchair will make a hiking trail at Chain O'Lakes State Park more accessible, thanks to the organizers of the Indiana Trail 100 race.

The Indiana Trail 100 is a 100-mile trail race held each April at the park. All net proceeds benefit the park, and race organizers recently donated to Chain O'Lakes an all-terrain power wheelchair to be used on Trail 3.

Trail 3 features rolling woods, a creek with an accessible bridge and a beaver dam.

The wheelchair is joystick-operated and...

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AUGUST 2014 NATURE EVENTS AT LRWP

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Little River Wetlands Project, a local nature organization protecting almost 1,200 acres of natural and restored wetlands in Allen and Huntington Counties, offers interesting and informative nature events this August. All are free and open to the community.
Note that an evening Little River Ramblers hike has been added every Tuesday, in addition to the usual morning hike.

Every Tuesday morning in August, 9 to 11 a.m. "Little River Ramblers." Meet at the Eagle Marsh barn, 6801 Engle Road, Fort...

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GARDEN-TAINMENT CREATES LASTING MEMORIES FOR GUESTS

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Summer is filled with parties, gatherings, picnics and more. We all want to make these occasions special and memorable for our guests.

Many gardeners tend to schedule events around peak bloom or harvest in order to share the beauty and flavor from their garden.

Unfortunately nature does not always cooperate. It seems we are saying, "you should have been here last week" or "come back next week when the flowers will be at their peak".

No need to worry. It may be considered cheating by the...

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