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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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Cathie Rowand/ The Journal Gazette
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) rsalter@jg.net, Anne Gregory (Web editor and writer) agregory@jg.net, Frank Noonan (copy editor) fnoonan@jg.net and Cathie Rowand (photographer) crowand@jg.net.

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