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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.

WET GARDENS

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Every year (and this year is no exception) gardeners get anxious to start gardening just as soon as the weather breaks. Well this is not the year for that early start-up, at least not outside. It is however, time to get your tomato and pepper seeds planted inside for that head start to planting in the garden around mid-May. Five weeks is plenty of time for tomatoes and six to seven weeks work for peppers. Remember that root crops such as radishes and carrots cannot be transplanted, as they...

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GROW A NUTRITIOUS GARDEN IN A POT

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Don't let a lack of time or space get in the way of gardening your way to a healthy lifestyle. Plant a container of nutritious vegetables and herbs. Include a few planters on the front porch, back patio or right outside the kitchen door.

All that's needed is some potting mix, fertilizer, plants and a container with drainage holes. A fifteen to twenty-four inch diameter pot or twenty-four to thirty-six inch long window box is a good starting size. Bigger containers hold more plants and moisture...

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DAYBREAK COFFEE - HOME COUNTRY

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Daybreak. Coffee.
The Big Two.
There's something so satisfying about getting out of bed when the world is still dark and quiet and resting. Making the coffee gives us time to scratch and think. Well, scratch, anyway. Most of that thinking will start after about the third cup.

But it's a quiet time. A private time. When the world is dark, and there isn't yet a hint of pink over the eastern mountains, it's very good. We can relax. No one is expecting anything from us right now. Our guilt can take...

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SPRING FEVER- PLANTING SEEDS

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The seed racks are coming out and we are getting anxious to start gardening, even if it simply means sowing some seeds. But slow down! It's only March and very few items should be planted before April, rather let's start planning, not planting.

Certainly you can purchase all of the seeds that are of interest to you but let's make a list (and stick to it) of what to plant and when. Right now, today you could plant pansies and herbs. Direct sow into 4" or even 6" pots using great artificial soil...

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MARCH IS FOR BIRDS - OUTDOOR NOTES

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There are two red-winged blackbirds and a mourning dove on the bird feeder outside my study window. A black-capped chickadee flies in, snatches a seed and flies away, and a tufted titmouse, a male cardinal and a female, a white-breasted nuthatch and a tree sparrow. Maybe there is more than one chickadee and titmouse, male and female cardinal and tree sparrow. Maybe there are several of each of the shuttle birds taking turns at the feeder.

The red-winged blackbirds and the tree sparrow at my...

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APRIL 2014 EVENTS AT LRWP

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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 February. All are free and open to the community.

*Thursday, April 10
8:30 to 9:45 a.m.
Become a Steward of your own Backyard
Light breakfast and nature presentation for nature lovers 50+ at Coventry Meadows Senior Community on W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne. Join us to learn how you can...

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