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.

Dress up the holidays or give gifts that continue giving throughout the year with these low maintenance gardening trends. Just add a little fun, classic beauty or style to make it even more memorable now and throughout the year.

Terrariums.
These mini greenhouses continue to grow in popularity and are perfect for new or timid gardeners. Just plant a few small tropical plants, moisten the soil, close the lid and you have a self-contained growing chamber.  Show off your green thumb with a modern...

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Fall Leaves Avalon Knightswood

Unusually warm temperatures have delayed the fall color display in Indiana this year, according to DNR community and urban forester Carrie Tauscher.

The best fall color formation happens when there are bright, warm days, cool nights and moist soils.


While all of Indiana has experienced bright, warm days, the occurrence of cool nights and soil moisture have varied dramatically throughout the state. With late fall color change comes the chance for a shortened window for full fall color...

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Even though it may not seem like it with recent warm weather, temperatures are beginning to cool and the potential for winter storms is approaching. The Indiana Department of Homeland Security is encouraging Hoosiers to get ready during Winter Weather Preparedness Week,.

“Indiana has repeatedly seen severe winter storms that have the capability of producing dangerous amounts of snow and ice,” said John Erickson, director of public affairs for the Indiana Department of Homeland Security...

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Fall Leaves at Waynedale Elementary

After I retired my wife, our older daughter and I purchased a home in the country, 42 acres with a house and a barn, a large yard, two fenced pastured, a hay field and a pond. We also got a variety of trees. In the yard around the house were sugar and silver maples, a red maple, tulip-trees, walnut trees and two white birch trees. There were flowering dogwood trees, two apple trees, red pines and a Norway spruce.

In the fencerows around the pastures there were mulberry trees and ash and wild...

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NEINPAWS fringed gentian cluster

Restoring a habitat that’s been disturbed by farming or industry to its natural state is hard work. For Duff Lake Fen in Lagrange County, that means controlling invasive species, replicating natural stream course, and reseeding areas in need of a boost. Habitat restoration needs seed—lots of it—to regenerate native species.

However, native seed doesn’t come in little white packets. It can’t be purchased easily from the local home and garden center. And for cash-strapped nonprofits doing...

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Hawk in Waynedale

The sky is clear and blue, this morning, an example of October’s bright blue weather. Today is a few minutes shorter than yesterday and tomorrow be a few minutes shorter than today. Tree leaves are changing from green to yellow and orange and red. Corn stalks in the fields are yellow-green and soybeans are turning yellow. Goldenrod is in bloom, decorating country roadsides, pastures and hay fields with splashes of yellow. It’s fall. The evidence is in the sky, the leaves on the trees, the crops...

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