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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.

SEPTEMBER - HOME COUNTRY

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September means pencils, books and teacher's dirty looks for the youngsters, but it also means state fair season. That's when the world's largest zucchini squash is at its prime, of course. The farm animals are all shed off and shiny and cute, their horns polished to diamond-like perfection by hard-working and hopeful kids.

The state fair is an annual pilgrimage of sorts, the fairgrounds another temporary home. We need to touch base with turkey legs, corn dogs and deep fried everything. We who...

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POINSETTIAS - BRINGING THEM BACK INTO BLOOM

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Bringing poinsettias back into bloom for Christmas is all about the timing. Poinsettias are "day-length" sensitive, which defined means that they must have short days and long nights (just the opposite of African Violets). The reason that poinsettias can be grown naturally is because short days start happening on the first day of fall. From that day forth, day-length gets shorter and nighttime is longer.

Now we have all heard the old saying, "put your poinsettia in the closet" but that is not...

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FREE BEGINNER WATERFOWL HUNTING WORKSHOP

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A free waterfowl hunting workshop is planned for beginners on Saturday, October 5, at Sugar Ridge Fish & Wildlife Area in Winslow focusing on Canada geese.

The workshop runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is for novice waterfowl hunters and those who want to try waterfowl hunting for the first time. All ages are welcome.

Parents who already hunt waterfowl are welcome to bring children, but the material is tailored for beginners. The workshop will include limited duck hunting information.

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AMY SILVA NAMED EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF LRWP

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Little River Wetlands Project announced the appointment of Amy Silva as its new executive director. Silva will oversee LRWP's wetlands restoration and protection work, as well as its environmental education programs.

Silva brings a strong background in land management, development of new programs and projects, securing funding sources and financial management. She previously served as superintendent of Allen County Parks from 1985-98, growing the department significantly during her tenure, and...

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FROGAPALOOZA FUNDRAISER

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The annual Frogapalooza fundraiser, which benefits nonprofit Little River Wetlands Project, will be held Friday, September 20, at 6 p.m. at Sweetwater Sound. Now in its fourth year, Frogapalooza celebrates local conservation efforts and helps support Eagle Marsh, LRWP's three other wetland nature preserves, and its free nature programs.

The event features silent and live auctions, with items ranging from unique getaways to hard-to-get sports tickets and experience items, such as a casual...

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EXTEND THE HARVEST THIS SEASON

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Didn't get enough gardening in this season? Don't worry there is still time to grow garden-fresh vegetables and herbs this fall and winter.

Purchase transplants and seeds that will grow and flourish in the cooler fall and winter temperatures. Lettuce, spinach, Swiss chard, root vegetables, edible pansies and calendula as well as cole crops, like broccoli, are a few to consider.

Those gardening in colder regions need to select short season crops like lettuce, spinach and radishes that will...

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