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.

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 July and August. All are free and open to the community.
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Photo by George “Dewey” Powell

Sparrows have a bad name. Many people don’t like them. Ask why and people who dislike them say they’re just little brown and gray birds. They’re colorless. They’re noisy too, but they don’t sing. They just chirp. They’re messy. They make nests that are bunches of sticks, grass and, often, pieces of paper and they frequently build their nests in the eaves, in rain gutters and behind shutters, around our houses, our garages, sheds and other buildings.

Sparrows nest in birdhouses too, using...

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The “Mosquito” plant, citronella geranium is in fact just one in a long line of scented geraniums that are on the market these days. Other scented geraniums include ones that smell like apple, apricot, carrot, cinnamon, eucalyptus, ginger, chocolate mint, lime, nutmeg, orange, peach, peppermint, pineapple, strawberry and a few other scents. I have had many of these “geraniums” on hand and I can testify that the aromas of each are quite strong and true to form.

These plants are very easy to...

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Over the years we have talked about some "home remedies" such as using a Pampers diaper in the bottom of a hanging basket or patio pot to retain moisture in the soil for a more even, watering technique. Also the use of Epsom Salts as magnesium sulfate either by mixing 2 tablespoons to a gallon of water or simply tossing some dry around your plants in order to green-up the foliage. How about coffee filters in the bottom of your pots to cover up the drainage hole and yet still allow water to flow...

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During the spring and summer gardening season plants seem to go through many changes due to the weather, soil pH, nutrient levels and air flow. How to determine the mysteries is mostly by examining the stems and the leaves of your affected plants. Look for veins that turn yellow or reddish/purple, thick leathery growth as will as tip and edge burning or deformed growth. These are all signs of a problem and there is never just one single cure.

Calcium deficiency can cause the tip and edge burns...

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Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week in Indiana is May 17-23, as declared by Gov. Mike Pence.

The purpose, with Memorial Day weekend travel coming up, is to remind Hoosiers and visitors to Indiana to protect forests by not moving firewood.

Ash trees are dead and dying throughout Indiana by the thousands, costing Hoosiers millions and marring the landscape. The killer, the emerald ash borer beetle (EAB), can fly, but not far. Its rapid spread is caused by humans moving the firewood in which the...

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