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.

Don’t pack away that shovel and trowel. Fall is a great time to plant a few new additions in the landscape. Here are just a few ideas for adding immediate and long term beauty to your garden.

Add cool season annuals like pansies, snapdragons, ornamental kale and stocks to brighten the fall garden. Those in milder regions will enjoy them throughout the winter. Consider adding cold hardy pansies. They provide color in the fall garden, survive most winters, and are back blooming in the spring...

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Mourning Dove and Red Headed Woodpecker. Photo by George “Dewey” Powell

The wild turkey, read in a recent magazine article, is a winner. A winner among birds was described in the article as a bird that has increased in number, or is increasing or both. The wild turkey has certainly done that. Once it was found in limited numbers in only a few places. Now wild turkeys are common, though not abundant, in the eastern two-thirds of the U.S. and in southern Canada wherever there are woods.

The Canada goose is another winner, perhaps the biggest winner. It’s more...

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There are approximately 5-6 weeks left of very good weather in which one can use these ideal outdoor conditions to re-pot their indoor, tropical house plants and allow them to adjust outside. And it takes the whole time for this adjustment to be fulfilled. Don’t wait until forecasts start calling for cold night-time temperatures, or even frost before you re-pot...do it now, this weekend. Allowing your houseplants plenty of time under perfect outdoor conditions is the best way to get ready for...

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Gladiolus bulbs (corms) are generally purchased in the spring and then planted after threats of frost are over at about 4” deep, spacing 3” to 6” apart. Loosening the soil and adding composted materials before planting then packing the soil firmly is a great way to get things off to a good start. Water thoroughly and be sure to plant in an area of full sun. When the flowers fade in late summer, cut them off at the stem allowing the rest of the plant to continue growing and building strength for...

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A new offer from Indiana State Parks makes weeknight camping more affordable between August 10 and November 4.

Those who book a new campsite, family cabin or rent-a-camp cabin reservation for one or more consecutive weeknights (Sundays through Wednesdays) during the time period will receive 20 percent off of their reserved weeknights at the time of booking.

The offer applies to all State Parks and State-Parks-managed lake campgrounds, Deam Lake and Starve Hollow state recreation areas, and...

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Forty-four years ago when I was only 18 years old, my first job was to grow 350-6” potted “florist-quality” chrysanthemums each week, 52 weeks out of the year. The difference between a florist-quality mum and a hardy-garden mum is that the hardy mum is a cold weather perennial that should come back year after year and the florist-quality one is not. So why would anyone want the non-hardy mum? The answer is that florist-quality mums have larger and much deeper colored blossoms, which in turn...

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