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  • June plant swap is Saturday
    “June Plant Swap” is 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St. Reservations are required by Thursday; 427-6000 or go to www.
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    FORT WAYNE – The Purdue Extension Service in Allen County is offering Preserving Nature’s Bounty workshops on safe home food preservation procedures and to answer frequently asked questions on canning, freezing
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    A free Master Gardener Volunteers Helpline is available through The Ohio State University Extension Office in Paulding, Ohio.
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Hummingbirds like their sugar water kept clean. Change the 1 part sugar to 4 part water regularly.

Hummingbirds arrive late this year

At dusk Sunday, I was in my garden watering some plants in a pot and saw sometime dart away from the hummingbird feeder. I caught the movement from the corner of my eye so I didn't get a very good look. The way it flew away made me think it might have been a hummingbird. My guess was confirmed when I saw female a Ruby-throated hummingbird at the feeder the next day.

Now, all my summer visitors have finally arrived.

The wrens, orioles and hummingbirds seem to be a week or two late in arriving this year. Last year, the hummingbirds arrived May 12.

Journey through gardening season with Rosa Salter Rodriguez (feature writer), Anne Gregory (Web editor and writer), Frank Noonan (copy editor) and Cathie Rowand (photographer)