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.

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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It has been said that, “If an activity doesn’t come with a remote control or a keyboard, then we are not interested”. But is the joy of gardening really declining? The answer is yes, but gardening has always been only less than 1% of a person’s annual income. So a person with an income of $50,000 spends around $450 on his or her landscaping, flower gardens or vegetable gardens. With statistics showing that in the last 2 years, spending has decreased by 48%, while the housing boom is the highest...

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The Shindigz National Soccer Festival will once again return to the Hefner Soccer Complex on the campus of IPFW on Friday and Saturday, August 21st & 22nd. Several top-notch high school and collegiate teams will participate in the Shindigz National Soccer Festival. Full schedules are now available online at www.NationalSoccerFestival.com. Advance discount tickets can now be purchased at Fort Wayne-area Connolly’s Do It Best Hardware locations and Soccer Plus. As in years past, tickets can...

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Too much or not enough water and never when you need it. That seems to be the long time plight of gardeners. Add to this extended droughts, flooding and watering bans. What is a gardener to do? Become a waterwise gardener.

Waterwise is not just about growing drought tolerant plants or eliminating plantings. It is a holistic approach to managing water to avoid flooding that overwhelms sewer systems, improper watering that wastes water, and poor landscape designs that generate too much work and...

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