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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.

CROOKED LAKE’S CISCOES THREATENED BY PREDATORY PIKE

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A catch of two Northern pike during a recent DNR fish survey at Crooked Lake near Columbia City is increasing concern that the predatory fish may harm the lake's fragile cisco population.

The Northern pike measured 27 and 29 inches long and marked the third time in four years that pike have been detected in the 206-acre natural lake.

Pike can grow more than 3 feet long and typically prey on suckers and perch. Ciscoes, where present, can make up an important part of their diet.

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SEVEN TIPS TO HELP YOUR LANDSCAPE BEAT THE HEAT THIS SUMMER

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Summer has arrived and for many gardeners that means heat, drought and watering bans. This can be hard on gardeners as well as their landscapes. The good news is that there are ways to help plants thrive despite these seasonal challenges. Adjusting landscape care accordingly during the summer months can not only provide relief for lawns and gardens, but also for the gardener. Here are some low maintenance eco-friendly ways gardeners can keep their landscapes looking their best throughout the...

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GARDEN MUMS- DON’T BE FOOLED

Details Doug Hackbarth - Broadview Florist & Greenhouses

Garden mums, chyrsanthemums are easily fooled into thinking that every time the temperatures outside at night cool down just a little, it must be fall so they immediately want to set bud and flower. The problem is that just as fast as they set bud, it gets warm again and the flower buds never fully develop. It's true that some of them may try to bloom but those blossoms are not quite the same as they garden mums that bloom in the fall.

Garden mums are both temperature and day-length sensitive...

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BEGINNINGS OF A DRAUGHT

Details Doug Hackbarth - Broadview Florist & Greenhouses

This has been the most unusual winter/spring, going into summer that I have ever seen. Winter was warm and dry... spring was early, warm and dry... and now we have summer coming up again, warm and dry. You may want to consider watering, not only your yards and freshly planted flowers and vegetables but also your trees and shrubs. In fact all of your perennial plants, flowering and evergreen as well as your ground covers need to have some water at least once a week until we get some real...

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CHOOSING SWEET POTATOES

Details Doug Hackbarth - Broadview Florist & Greenhouses

Sweet potatoes, unlike regular potatoes cannot tolerate cold weather and therefore are never available until around the Mother's Day season. Sweet potatoes are easy to grow as they prefer "bad" soil, compact and dry, are just fine. Sweet potatoes can actually be grown in large containers such as a bushel basket or any old pot you may have in storage. After the potato has grown to maturity, simply tip the pot over and get your potatoes.

The favorite sweet potato variety by most of my customers...

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GENE STRATTON-PORTER STATE HISTORIC SITE OFFERS WILDFLOWER WALK

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Enjoy beautiful wildflowers and a delicious brunch at the Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site on Saturday, May 5, from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Take a stroll through the beautiful Wildflower Woods and adjacent Sower's Woods as site staff showcases the wide array of native wildflowers that take center stage here every spring. After the walk, enjoy a delicious locally-prepared brunch.


Native wildflowers are very important in preserving the natural history of Indiana. Many of the flowers...

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