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.

Warm weather is finally arriving in Indiana, but as Hoosiers start taking advantage of the arrival of spring, so are ticks. State health officials are cautioning people to protect themselves from ticks as they spend more time outside.

Ticks are small, insect-like creatures often found in naturally vegetated areas or woodlands throughout Indiana. Ticks can transmit illnesses, such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Last year, Indiana confirmed 63 cases of Lyme disease, two cases...

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Broadview Florist Doug Hackbarth

Every year hibiscus and mandevillea plants are ordered in from Florida and as always, it's a guessing game as to how many of each will be needed to supply the public. Well it seems that this year everyone wants the mandevillea as there is now a shortage of them. Everyone seems to be "sold out" of them but be patient, I am sure most garden centers will re-stock soon.

I think that we all are familiar with the hibiscus plant, both bush and tree. This is a tropical, warm temperature loving plant...

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For almost two decades, peregrine falcons have made their homes in a nest high atop the 26-story AEP Building in Fort Wayne, Indiana. You can watch nesting families of this raptor species via webcam, thanks to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), Soarin’ Hawk Avian Rescue, and Indiana Michigan Power.

Moxie and Jamie, the adult Peregrine Falcons nesting atop the One Summit Square building, are the proud parents of three baby chicks that recently hatched.  Moxie, the two-year-old mother, and Jamie, the three-year-old father, are awaiting the hatching of a fourth egg.
Falcon followers can check for a peak of the new baby birds at I&M's FalconCam online at http://www.aep.com/go/falconcam/, where an image of the falcon's nest is updated every 15 seconds.

I&M is asking classrooms grades 5...

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Doug Hackbarth - Broadview Florist & Greenhouse

Originally the weather forecast for last weekend called for rain with lows in the low 40s. We were so lucky that time that they were wrong. Instead we are getting perfect highs in the 70s with lows only dipping into the low 50s and no rain at all, what a break for gardeners.

The reason for this was the unusual push of warm weather from the south which had kept the cold, rainy weather to our west and northwest.

So is it safe to plant now? Is frost-free weather here to stay? The answers to...

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Increase your garden's productivity even when space, time and energy are limited. Just follow these six simple planting, maintenance and harvesting techniques for a more bountiful harvest.

Maximize your planting space with wide rows. Leave just enough room for plants to reach their maximum size. Make wide rows, 4 to 5 feet wide, so you can reach all plants for maintenance and harvest.

Minimizing walkways means more planting space.
Try interplanting. Grow short season crops like lettuce and...

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Kids ages 2 to 14 and their adults are invited to Kids Free Fishing Derbies at Salamonie and Mississinewa lakes, J. E. Roush Fish & Wildlife Area and Ouabache State Park, on June 1.

Age categories are: 2 to 5; 6 to 10; and 11 to 14, with first-, second- and third-prize winners for largest fish in each age category. The largest overall fish will be awarded a grand prize. Each participant must use bait provided by DNR staff.

Each property will host its own derby, with winners announced at...

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