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.

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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The public is invited to register for Spring and Summer day camps at Allen County Parks. Our Spring camp is a Jr. Indiana Master Naturalist class series, offered April 4-8, 2016, 9:30-3:30pm daily. The summer day camps are June 20-24 & June 27-July 1 at Fox Island and July 11-15 & July 28-22 at Metea County Park. The summer day camps run 9:30-4:30 daily.
Jr. Indiana Master Naturalist Spring Camp

April 4-8
9:30-3:30 daily

The mission of the Junior Indiana Master Naturalist program is to...

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Woodpecker

Recently I wrote an article which I titled, Birds and Climate Change. In that article I listed summer birds I’ve seen this winter. By summer birds I mean birds that normally migrate, birds that leave northern Indiana and go south for the winter. I wrote that I’ve seen more summer birds in northern Indiana this winter than ever before, robins and red-winged blackbirds, a grackle and a cowbird, a song sparrow and a white-crowned sparrow.

This is the time of year to see snow buntings and Lapland...

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Valentine’s Day comes every year on the same day, February 14th but it does not always fall on the same day of the week which could be good or bad, depending on your circumstances. If you are in the restaurant business Fridays and Saturdays are bad because they are already busy on those two days so any other day would be better. Sunday, as it is this year, proves to be an interesting day as they still get busy Fridays and Saturdays but gain one more day of business.

Even restaurants that are...

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