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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.

I THINK IT’S TIME - SPRING GARDENING

Details Doug Hackbarth - Broadview Florist & Greenhouses

The weather forecast is finally what we have all been waiting for. The lows are high and the highs are perfect. The recent warm/hot weather of early March was simply ridiculous. Now, even though it may be a little bit early still, the forecast is great. You might want to be a bit cautious about any really big gardening projects but it is certainly time to do some container gardening. I am going to be placing potted gardens outside all around my house and business. This is a very safe way to get...

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PRUNE AFTER FLOWERING

Details Doug Hackbarth - Broadview Florist & Greenhouses

It seems like I keep harping about the same old thing, must you need to prune your flowering shrubs just as soon as they are finished blooming. Forsythia, magnolia, azaleas and some early rhododendron have already bloomed and now is the only time of the year when they can be pruned without cutting off their flowers for next year. The way it works is like this: the winter cold weather sets the flower buds that bloom in the spring. After they bloom is the only time in which you have the...

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BOYS OF FALL BACK IN PADS

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After several practices in 'pro pads', the University of Saint Francis donned full pads for full contact practice recently at Bishop D'Arcy Stadium and engaged in a spirited workout for nearly two hours.

Mostly sunny, dry weather prevailed for last Friday's practice followed by another full pads practice a week ago Saturday morning.

It was a good chance for USF Head Coach Kevin Donley to see what the returnees as well as several new transfers had learned in a short period of time.

Donley and...

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ELIMINATING BROADLEAF WEEDS

Details Doug Hackbarth - Broadview Florist & Greenhouses

Most of the questions that are coming my way are about weeds growing in the yard and how to get rid of them. Pulling and digging is maybe alright for a small area but getting down to the root, literally is another matter. Most broadleaf weeds multiply in the root system making them very difficult to simply dig up. Any part of the root remaining will just grow into another weed. Absolutely the easiest and most effective way to get rid of unwanted weeds is by using liquid or granular weed...

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SEED POTATOES

Details Doug Hackbarth - Broadview Florist & Greenhouses

It is agreed that buying certified seed potatoes is best to help avoid any potato diseases or viruses that could be present in regular store-bought potatoes. These viral problems can get established in your garden soil and cause problems to re-occur for many future years to come. Store-bought potatoes are usually treated with chemicals to keep the potato "eyes" from growing so that they last longer in your storage area.

After you purchase your potatoes there is no real need to hurry and plant...

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HOME COUNTRY: GARDEN CATALOGS

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The garden catalogs start coming out when the snow is too deep to even find dirt. But we don't care. This is a catalog time of year, a time for making plans and figuring out how to do something even better than we did last year. There in the fishing catalog is that new fly-tying vise. I know I'll be able to tie flies faster and better with that, which will give me more time to cruise up and down Lewis Creek with the fly rod. Well ... at least that's the plan.

And the housewares catalog has all...

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