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.

HUNTING SEASON 2001

OK, so I didn't get a deer this year and OK, so I didn't even see any antlered deer either. I shouldn't even mention that it rained (poured) every day and the wind blew every day (we were also camped on the edge of a tornado) and that we were wading around in mud most of the time trying to keep dry and warm under a makeshift tarp/frame/structure. BUT we did sleep good (pop-up camper with electric heater), we ate good (most every one in our hunting party is a certified...

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Christmas Garden

 

Holiday gardening can introduce seasonal color as well as rapturous fragrances into our homes. Surrounding ourselves with the natural beauty of flowers and plants helps us celebrate this very special time. And there is something so energizing about actually experiencing flowers that are intended to be planted and grow up as Christmas unfolds.

Plant an Amaryllis bulb and watch it burst from its bulb and grow seemingly overnight into a gorgeous display of luminous color...

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Wondering what to buy your preacher, boss, wife, husband, Boy Scout Leader, girl friend, boy friend, father-in-law, or mother-in-law for Christmas????

Here is what the Indiana Department of Natural Resources suggests:

UNIQUE AND THOUGHTFUL HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS

Holiday shopping for the outdoor enthusiast in your family or workplace can be as easy as a phone call to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

The DNR offers memorable and useful gifts such as annual entrance...

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(formerly THE GREAT OUTDOORS)

 

I've changed the name of this column as a special tribute to West Virginia Journalist/Author "Skip" Johnson, a retired outdoor columnist for The Charleston Gazette in Charleston, West Virginia. I grew up reading Skip's column called Woods and Waters. I know that when I was delivering the Gazette at about 12 years of age, I always looked for his column and read it before delivering my papers. I recently discovered that he is alive and well and living in a...

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Don't Top Trees!

Never cut main branches back to stubs. The sight of topped trees is all too common in the communities and along the roadways of America—trunks with stubby limbs standing naked in the landscape, trees stripped of all dignity and grace. Trees are often topped because they grow into utility wires, interfere with views or solar collectors, or simply grow so large that they worry the landowner. But, as one arborist has said, "Topping is the absolute worst thing you can do for the...

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FALL BULB STORY 

It's not too late to plant Tulips, Daffodils, Crocus, and a variety of other fall bulbs to create a spectacular spring flower show. Bulbs are relatively easy to plant and care for, offering years of repeat-and often multiplying-beauty. Since bulbs look better when planted in masses (at least 12 of any one variety, or even hundreds to make a profound show), the planting process can be quite time consuming. It is a determined and faithful gardener who enjoys planting bulbs...

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