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.

Easter is one season that brings out a wide variety of beautiful blooming plants including tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, azaleas, hydrangeas, chrysanthemums and, of course, lilies. But what do you do with all of these plants after the blooms fade?

Most folks assume that they are all perennial and that all they need to do is to plant them outside in the spring. Nothing could be farther from the truth. First of all, while there are "hardy" (perennial) mums and azaleas, these plants offered at...

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Whenever my lack of mechanical prowess threatens to surface, I sure miss the solenoid. It was always there for us, lurking under the hood somewhere, and always – always – it was waiting to malfunction. It was handy, every mechanic knew where it was - like tonsils - and it had a great name. Solenoid - like asteroid or aranoid.

In the old days, b.c.c. (before car computers), the solenoid was a little whatchit that was in the engine area and without it you couldn't make the car go. And that's an...

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One of the great pleasures of hanging around down at the livestock auction barn each Saturday morning is being able to take your dog along.

Why do we go to the sales barn? We love agriculture, and it's part of living here to see who buys what and rejoice in their good fortune, even if our own grass is stressed to the limit by whatever varmint we're currently feeding. Or, it could be that we figure we've already lived too long, and if the right horse or cow comes through there, and we buy it...

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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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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.
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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