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.

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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Richardville House Spirit Tree

There are plenty of trees on the grounds where Chief Richardville lived, but there are two Silver Maple trees sitting at the entrance that are extra special.

The trees are huge and old, possibly over 100 years old, with branches growing every which way.

What makes the Chief Richardville trees so special are the deep, y-like branches that spread out from its base along with a gnarly knotted piece in the center.

The y-bend and knot mark it as a "bent" tree. When it was just beginning to grow...

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broadview florist doug hackbarth

Well, totally unlike last year's spring season, this year's spring gardening is off to a very slow start. In 2012 we experienced temperatures in the middle to high 80s in March, repeated again and again in April. This year frankly, it is cold! What happened? I have always preached the theory that spring season (not actual spring) begins around the 21st of April, and even then it's too early for many plants. It's on the 21st that I make the decision as to whether or not to make available all of...

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Doug Hackbarth - Broadview Florist & Greenhouses

Reasons for pruning include: removing dead or diseased branches, branches that rub together, keeping your plants at a manageable size, to encourage fruiting or flowering, to open up walkways and to keep trees and shrubs from touching your house or car. Assuming your trees and shrubs are already established on your property, stand back and take an imaginative look at how they are growing. Are they growing sideways or touching anything? Are they growing way too tall and too fast? Is there a lot...

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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 April. All are free and open to the community. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 260-478-2515 for information.
Every Tuesday in April
9 to 11 a.m.

"Little River Ramblers"
Meet at the Eagle Marsh...

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