HOLIDAY DECORATING TIPS – Green-Thumb Gardener

Many families include fresh greens, such as boughs, tips, wreaths, and roping in their holiday decorating plans. The aroma is a wonderful holiday memory for many. To keep your greens as fresh as possible, utilize these tips:

Purchase as close as possible to the time you need them and keep them outside until needed. When you purchase, check for freshness in co

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LACE UP THOSE ICE SKATES FOR HEADWATER’S 16TH SEASON

The Headwaters Park Outdoor Ice Skating Rink opened on Saturday, November 17, 2018, for its 16th season. Admission fees will remain the same as in the previous 15 seasons, thanks to corporate and foundation support.

The Lincoln Financial Group is again the corporate sponsor for the season, which lasts through Sunday March 3, 2019. “Thanks to Lincoln, an

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BEAVER, A FURRY NEW NEIGHBOR – Life In The Outdoors

We have a new neighbor. One, maybe two, maybe more. Beavers have moved into the wetland at the end of our pasture. We haven’t seen them. Beavers are nocturnal. Only on rare occasions does a beaver venture out during the day. But by the cutting trees, they make it obvious as soon as beaver move into an area. If they stay, soon after they arrive there will likely be …
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PLANTS TO ENHANCE YOUR AUTUMN – Green-Thumb Gardener

With Halloween just around the corner, let’s think about some of the fun plants that can enhance this spooky season.

Chinese lantern:
The flower of this plant looks very ‘pumpkin’ like as it matures and takes on the orange color in September. It makes a great dried flower. You can start from seed, but choose an area that you can dedicate to this plant as it

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TEMPERATURE DROP BRINGS OUT FALL COLORS

After recent weeks of hotter-than-usual weather, this week’s significant drop in temperature across the state should get things moving toward the fall colors Hoosiers love.

The best fall color formation happens with bright, warm days, cool nights and moist soils, according to Carrie Tauscher, the DNR Division of Forestry’s Community & Urban F

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CAN YOU START AN INDOOR GARDEN WITH KITCHEN SCRAPS?

The pantry is full of fall favorites like squash, onions and potatoes, but busy schedules may have you finding a few things growing in the back of your cupboard. With little effort and a pinch of creativity you can grow these into a very imaginative indoor garden.  

Kids and adults love to watch kitchen discards grow into new plants. According to KidsGardeni

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CELEBRATING THE MIRACULOUS WORLD OF BUTTERFLIES

Koko Carpenter sat perfectly still, watching carefully as a stranger painted a tiny lady bug on her dainty hand.

The four-year-old little girl was remarkably calm amidst the swirl of activity all around her as the annual Monarch Festival was held at Eagle Marsh on September 9.

Hosted by the Little River Wetlands Project (LRWP), and held inside the cavernous

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USDA RESEARCH: WILL RESIDENTS CHANGE HABITS AFTER POLLINATOR CLASS?

Southwest Honey Co. recently completed a 2-year USDA study designed to evaluate changes residents hope to make to benefit pollinators, local growers and the environment. The organization accomplished this through an innovative pollinator appreciation program that took a hands-on approach to teaching students of all ages.

Throughout 2016 and 2017, S

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BLUE JAY: THE AMUSING RASCAL – Life In The Outdoors

My next article, I decided one afternoon, is going to be about the blue jay. Coincidentally, when I sat at my desk to start writing that article was just one bird on the feeder outside my study window, a blue jay. Further, not only was that jay the only bird at my feeder, it was the only bird in sight. I didn’t see another bird in any of the trees or bushes in the yard a…
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TILLMAN PARK RENOVATES DISC GOLF COURSE

A local park is sporting a new and improved disc golf course, courtesy of the Fort Wayne Parks Department and a local club.

Featuring new tee pads, new mulch on several fairways, and new signage throughout the course, a better disc golf course was unveiled at Tillman Park last month.

The park’s course – located along Tillman Road between Calhoun and Lafay

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WHY DOES LOCAL PRODUCE TASTE SO MUCH BETTER?

It’s harvest season for most local produce. Maybe you’ve been reaping the benefits of your own gardening efforts and enjoying tasty fruits and vegetables from your own back yard. But, if you don’t have a garden yourself, you can easily find local produce from farms not too far from Waynedale.

One of the oldest and largest locally owned produce farm sta

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CHANGING NATURE’S CALENDAR – Life In The Outdoors

June twenty-second is the summer solstice, when day and night are of equal length in the northern hemisphere; the official date of the start of summer in the northern hemisphere. Each day since June twenty-second has been a few minutes shorter than the day before, each night a few minutes longer.

The difference in the length of day wasn’t noticeable in the l

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SWCC PRAIRIE PROJECT TAKING ROOTS THROUGH EDUCATION

Volunteers at the Southwest Conservation Club on Bluffton Road are beginning to see the impacts of their efforts to revitalize one acre of land back to it’s native roots.

The prairie was originally planted in December of 2016 with the assistance of a $1,000 grant from the Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society in addition to privately seeded donatio

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BUTTERFLIES HIGHLIGHTED AT MONARCH FESTIVAL

Traveling over 2,800 miles from Mexican forests to Canada every year, monarch butterflies’ annual migration has been called one of the greatest natural phenomena in the insect world. This long-distance, multigeneration migration—and the part area gardens and preserves play in reducing the threats to monarchs—is the focus of the 2018 Monarch Fe…
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