Outdoors

Outdoor Briefs, April 2

FELC to host Organic Gardening 201 class Friday evening Sister Rita Wienken, former director of the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center, 194 St. Francis Ave., is to teach Organic Gardening 201 6-8 p.m. Friday at FELC. Participants can learn simple organic gardening techniques to grow organic ...

Park Programs, April 2

Seneca County • Seneca County Park District invites Preschool Pals ages 3-5 with an adult companion to follow to become Busy Bees at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve. Kids should dress for the weather and be prepared to look and learn about bees as they walk the trails. ...

Easter lilies require miraculous timing

… Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Matthew 6:28-29 KJV. In his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus offered the multitudes that had come to hear him speak ...

Companions for a garden

Some years ago, there was a big fad for companion planting in the garden. I think a lot of it was superstition or myth, but one example I followed just because it fit my situation. I had some very pitiful tomato plants drooping in their cages and I also had far too many overgrown and lanky ...

Park Programs, March 26

Seneca County • The monthly Nature Walk Bird Talk is at 8 a.m. Saturday at Seneca County Park District’s Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve. All ages are welcome to walk the trails to see what nature has to offer. The walk lasts about 1.5 hours and qualifies for the walking stick program. ...

Lyme disease has been around for ages

There be infinite numbers of tikes hanging upon the bushes in summer time that will cleave to man’s garments and creep into his breeches eating themselves in a short time into the very flesh of a man. I have seen the stockins of those that have gone through the woods covered with them. ...

Park programs

Enter trout fishing drawing by March 31 COLUMBUS — Anglers interested in trout fishing in Castalia’s Cold Creek must submit an application form and a nonrefundable $3 application fee by March 31 to be eligible for a random drawing by the Ohio Department of Natural ...

Planning the garden from scratch

Over the years, I have given suggestions and shared ideas with a number of people who were starting new vegetable gardens. While maintaining my own small and crowded spot, I often thought how wonderful it would be to start one from scratch. Now I have my wish. Moving into the new house at the ...

Park Programs, March 12

Seneca County • Young Adventurers ages 6-12 are invited to learn about holes at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Forrest Nature Preserve. Kids can walk the trails to discover and investigate holes in trees and soil. Dress to be outdoors. Registration is required. • Preschool Pals ages 3-5 with an ...

Kale a recent gardening fad

Gardening is one of those avocations that embraces fads. In any given growing season, there seems to be one topic, plant or method that appears in all the journals, catalogs and programs until one feels out of fashion if he or she does not at least try it out. We have been through raised beds, ...

Outdoor briefs, March 5

Straw bale house tours set for March 12 Tours of Little Portion Green, the straw bale house behind the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center, 194 St. Francis Ave., are planned 2-4 p.m. March 12. Visitors also can plan ahead to reserve a home-cooked brunch Saturday and Sunday mornings using local ...

Park Programs, March 5

Seneca County • Toddlers ages 18-36 months with an adult companion can learn about cottontails at 4:30 p.m. March 8 at Seneca County Park District’s Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve. Kids can explore the trails and woods as they go looking for cottontails in the nature preserve. They should ...

Warming up to thoughts of flowers

The sky is gray, the wind is howling, snow flurries are falling, the temperature is way down there. What better time to start thinking about flowers? I have my vegetable seed order ready to go, and although I don’t need many flowers this year, there are always a few must-haves. The ...

Park Programs, Feb. 5

Sandusky County • Babies in the Parks ages birth to 2 years with an adult companion are invited to a Sleepy Bears program at 10 a.m. Thursday at Wilson Nature Center at Sandusky County Park District’s Creek Bend Park. Littles ones can use their senses to discover their surroundings and ...

A fresh start awaits in ’17

The beginning of a new year brings many fresh starts. Of course, there are the obligatory resolutions to be made, and I have a few related to gardening, as usual. I am sure I could look back at former columns and find more or less the same promises made and not kept, but here I go again with ...

Outdoor briefs, Jan. 8

Sendelbach new area conservation technician Allison Sendelbach has been hired at Seneca Conservation District as area conservation technician for Seneca, Wood, Sandusky and Erie counties. A Tiffin native, Sendelbach said in the announcement she grew up catching fish and frogs in ...

Park programs, Jan. 8

Seneca County • Seneca County Park District invites Preschool Pals ages 3-5 with an adult companion to follow animal tracks at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve. Kids should dress for the weather and be prepared to look and learn about animal tracks as they walk the ...

Some background on that tree in your house

In our family, the garlands, decorations and Christmas tree always came down New Year’s Day. Well, generally always. Maybe a day or two might slip by but, you know, fresh start to the new year and all that. Interesting history to the Christmas tree. Before Christianity and ...

IMAGE COURTESY OSS Taylor Gimenez

Outdoor briefs, Dec. 31

OSS announces calendar contest winners FREMONT — Taylor Gimenez of Seneca East and Rebecca Hoepf of Calvert placed first and second respectively in the high school division of the OSS Solid Waste District’s Calendar Design Contest. In middle school competition, Ethan Vera of ...

Park Programs, Dec. 31

Seneca County • Woodland puppets are the topic of a Backpackin’ Babies program at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Seneca County Park District’s Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve, SR 19 south of Bloomville. Parents, grandparents or care-givers of infants from birth to 18 months are invited to ...