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.

Last week I went on vacation and some of my plants got too dry without me there to take care of them. I know that this has happened to all of us.

Almost always the damage can be repaired and with very little effort.

First, get out the pruners or your favorite scissors and trim off everything that has been damaged or dried out. Next add water. That’s it! Nothing more difficult than that.

I will caution you not to use fertilizers until you see noticeable improvement and do not repot as a lot...

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When it comes to exterior paint, there’s no fountain of youth, but there are ways to add years of life to a new paint job, says Debbie Zimmer, paint and color expert at the Paint Quality Institute. Here are the “secrets”:

1.Carefully prepare the surface. Before starting to paint, it’s important to make sure surfaces are clean and sound, free of all dirt, mildew, and loose or peeling paint. Areas with no paint at all – either because they are new, or because the old paint has completely worn...

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Gardening Golden cayenne pepper

Don’t be afraid to add a little spicy heat to your meals this season by growing a few hot peppers in the garden or containers. It’s easier than you think and many of the hot pepper myths floating around the garden are simply not true.

Don’t worry about your hot peppers heating up your sweet peppers. Peppers are normally self-pollinated. If an insect happens to move the pollen from a hot to sweet pepper, it will not affect the flavor or heat of this year’s harvest. If you save the seeds from a...

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Robin Fledgling

I heard a robin chirping when I stepped outside one morning earlier this month. It was a young robin, a fledgling I thought, perhaps just out of the nest.

An adult robin sang from a tree nearby. A third robin on the ground picked something up from the grass, flew the short distance to the youngster which greeted it with loud chirps and open beak.

Summer time, I thought, as I watched the robins and looked around for more young ones.

I didn’t need the robins to tell me it was summer. The days...

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Japanese Stilt Grass

ACRES Land Trust is coordinating with land management partners to eradicate Japanese stiltgrass, a non-native invasive plant common to southern Indiana and the eastern United States and newly identified in northern Indiana late last fall. In January, the local nonprofit temporarily closed its Little Cedar Creek Wildlife Sanctuary to prevent the spread of the invasion throughout the region.

“We are meeting with the Allen County Highway Department to coordinate our plan of attack with mowing and...

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INPAWS

The Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society (INPAWS) announces the formation of a new regional chapter: Northeast INPAWS (NEINPAWS). The INPAWS state organization officially recognized the new regional chapter in May 2016. NEINPAWS serves Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells, and Whitley counties.

Northeast Indiana Benefits From New Chapter
INPAWS president, Jeff Pitts, welcomes the new chapter. “We have wanted a chapter in the northeast area for a while. An...

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