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.


Add a little holiday sparkle to your landscape for you and your guests to enjoy. No matter the weather outside, a few decorative touches can greatly increase the beauty and enjoyment of your winter landscape.

Try one, two or all eight of these tips to improve your landscape's winter appeal.

Add some solar powered accents. Light a pathway, your favorite tree or front porch without installing additional outlets. Look for unique colors and shapes like the solar star lantern or the changing...


There is a secret selfish longing we all share this time of year. It is traditional to give gifts at Christmas, of course, but there's always the chance that those who adore us for our sterling qualities won't give us what we really want or unquestioningly deserve. Therefore ... we are allowed to have Christmas present dreams.

Just take Doc. He knows he'll be getting neckties from the grandkids and socks and underwear from Mrs. Doc. His daughters? Well, they're the wild cards. They work hard...


During the late fall and early winter I get lots of calls about re-potting house plants that are not doing so well. The problem however is only going to get drastically worse if you do indeed re-pot your plant. Re-potting plants at the beginning of winter is a horrible idea for so many reasons. Re-potting causes shock! So what happens when you re-pot a plant is that its root system (which is probably already having issues causing leaves to fall off) now has to catch up to the bigger pot by...


Sponsored by Little River Wetlands Project. Free. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 260-478-2515 for information or to reserve a spot.

Every Tuesday in December
9 to 11 a.m.
Little River Ramblers
Meet at the Eagle Marsh barn, 6801 Engle Road, Fort Wayne to hike and explore the preserve's interesting plants and wildlife.

Thursday, December 12
8:30 to 9:45 a.m.
Let's Go Bats!
Light breakfast and nature...


My first wife came from a ranching family way back up in the hills and had a cousin, Ted, who was a hounddog man.

I talked my way into hunting with him, of course.
All went well until we were on the way home, when a badger ran across the road and dove into a large culvert pipe.

"Oh wow!" Ted yelled. "Let's get him!"

He released most of the hounds and they plugged the culvert pipe with bawling insults. In the dead center of the pipe was a snarling badger.

"Gotta smoke him outta there," Ted...


There are over 750 genera of orchids in the world so when choosing the one for your home, try my simple method. Just buy any that you see available at any store. Most stores (unless an orchid specialty shop) only offer the varieties that are easy to grow under normal household conditions. To name just a few that you may see: Phalaenopsis, cattleya, dendrobium and papheopedilum. These orchids love the average home conditions even if you run your temperatures a little warmer or a little cooler...


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