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.

Whether planting a garden, enjoying the beauty of your landscape or sitting down to a delicious meal, you have bees, butterflies and other pollinators to thank. These essential members of our ecosystem are responsible for much of the food and beauty we enjoy each day.

Unfortunately pesticides and habitat loss are threatening their existence. There is something you can do to help. Turn your garden, backyard or balcony into a pollinator’s habitat.

Plant a variety of flowering plants that...

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Warbler

May is the month to look for warblers in Indiana and in the other mid-latitude states of the U.S. May is the month when the warblers that nest in those states return after spending the winter farther south, many in South America, and May is the month when warblers that nest farther north pass through Indiana.

Warblers are little birds, most the size of the smallest sparrow, the chipping sparrow. They are active little birds when feeding, flitting about like bees in a bed of flowers in bloom...

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We all see it at the side of the road, in ditches, parks and along riverbanks: unsightly trash is visible throughout the City. The City of Fort Wayne is calling on residents of all ages to help with this year’s Great American Cleanup™.

The Great American Cleanup™ is about sprucing up our community, showing our civic pride and coming together to keep Fort Wayne Beautiful.

This year’s Great American Cleanup™ is on Saturday, May 21, 2016.  Volunteers are asked to pre-register so that the City...

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The weather is so great and the “Big Box” stores are offering everything from cabbage to tomatoes but beware of unforeseen weather changes in the future. I have looked at the 10-day forecast and I must say it’s all good. But I cannot see the 11th day, or the 12th, etc. and so I must rely on past experience and just know that planting tomatoes and peppers before the 10-15 of May is risky. Remember that the moon plays a big part in weather factors and usually when it is full, we have a big change...

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Residents can soak-up stormwater from their yards by planting a rain garden. For the eighth year in a row the City will offer free workshops to teach residents how to improve drainage on their property by planting a rain garden.

Four free rain garden workshops are scheduled this spring, where residents will receive detailed guidance on how to plant a rain garden.

A rain garden is a landscaped area that holds rain water runoff for a few hours to a few days using native plants that help the...

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With the weather going crazy this winter, we are all confused about what to do, what to expect and which way to turn. First let me tell you not to even think about tomatoes. All “warm weather” vegetables should be started in April or May, but never in February or March. “Cold crop” vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and onions can be started in early March for transplanting outside in late March or early April as these can tolerate cool/cold temperatures at night. Other...

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