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Darrin Parmenter
Position: Staff reporter

Time to crack open the seed catalog and start planning

I love nights like this: snow falling outside, fireplace keeping us warm inside. Cuddled up on the couch, dogs at our feet and a highlighter in hand. A highlighter? Yup. How else do I rememb...

If winter is dry, watering your plants is wise

Here we go again. Over the years, I have written well over a dozen articles about our climate: too much snow in the winter and how it damages trees; not enough water in the winter and what ...

Get a comprehensive – and fun – education in gardening

Most nights, as we all sit down at the dinner table, I try out my dad jokes. Ninety-nine percent of the time the kids love them, Beth cannot stop laughing and they ask for more. It is amazin...

The changing colors that define autumn’s beauty

In moments of laziness, I can be prone to the “scroll.” The feeds are primarily populated with stories and photos containing baseball, plants, friends’ kids or camping trucks/vans I could ne...

Celebrating success, learning from failure in the garden

August is the time of year that can greatly determine your successes from your failures. This past month, for example, the garden was basking in some holdover moisture from July. But the wea...

Pay attention to pollinators for your entire gardening season

Sometimes, all it takes for an article idea is a simple inquiry from a gardener. Usually, that starts with the phrase, “What the heck is (enter inquiry here)?” •What is eating all my spinach...

Elm seed bugs can be a major nuisance pest

Plenty of stories, or article ideas, come from the phrase “I made the mistake of opening Facebook … ” Monday was no different. On one of the local pages was a photo of an inconspicuous insec...

Our doors are open to new beginnings and to you

We are back. I mean, we never left, really. But like so many other businesses and offices, we took our extended break from doors being open, choosing to work remotely from our teenager’s roo...

For your garden vegetables, June can be the harshest month

Even though it has absolutely nothing to do with horticulture, my daughter, Elena, graduated from Durango High School on May 29 as part of the Class of 2021. Her name first popped up here i...

Get your gardening game plan together and dig in

For many gardeners, like myself, springtime is that opportunity to rub some sleep out of our eyes, sharpen our tools, do a couple of stretches on a mat calling it yoga and start getting our ...

An explanation for that feeling of insatiable hunger

When was the last time you asked yourself what drives your appetite? Never, that’s my guess. It’s just an automatic response we take for granted. For most, the transition from sat...

Livestock weigh-in sets course toward La Plata County Fair

Last weekend, we had our Market Beef Weigh-in at the La Plata County Fairgrounds, where 31 4-H and FFA members brought their animals to get tagged, tattooed and weighed. In total...