Position: Director and horticulture agent

Email: parmenterdm@co.laplata.co.us

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About: Darrin Parmenter is director and horticulture agent of the La Plata County Extension Office.

Poinsettias can be saved, if you put the work in

As you are reading this, Beth may be taking down the Christmas tree. She is no Scrooge, by any means. Our house has been full of lights and fir boughs, and our mantle is scattered with little...

DATE: Jan. 4, 2021 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Hey, neighbors: We will be cooking holiday meals for you

If you’ve read my articles over the years, you probably have a good sense of my upbringing. My grandpa, my dad, my sister and I were either born in Durango or nearby (my grandpa was born in Pagosa...

DATE: Dec. 7, 2020 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Our many programs educate, serve county’s residents in crucial ways

In 1914, the U.S. Congress formalized what is now called “Extension” through the Smith-Lever Act. It established the U.S. Department of Agriculture partnership with land-grant universities...

DATE: Nov. 9, 2020 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Pandemic dashes Apple Days, but fruit, cider abundant

Who would have guessed that in a year when the area hit the jackpot in terms of fruit tree production, we couldn’t celebrate it like we have in the past? 2020 has been defined by the “pivot.”...

DATE: Sept. 30, 2020 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Tips to ripen those finicky tomatoes as autumn approaches

An email came across my desk this past week, and it pretty much exemplified 2020: “The NOAA Climate Prediction Center is forecasting a moderate to high risk of much-below normal temperatures on...

DATE: Sept. 7, 2020 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Trees can diversify a large lawn and cool the landscape

I never really considered myself a “lawn guy.” Don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoy lying down under the shade of a tree on soft grass or seeing the outfield of the baseball field bright green...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2020 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

After a barren year in 2019, apple trees are bursting

I promise the next 550 words, give or take, won’t be about the weather. It’s not like I couldn’t – between the incessant wind, lack of rainfall or temperatures in the mid-90s, I could in fact write...

DATE: July 6, 2020 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Our region’s challenging weather can batter your plants

Every year, I write about the weather, and subsequently, every year, I write about writing about the weather. Kind of a “Who’s on First?” skit I do with all of you, so thanks for participating. To...

DATE: June 8, 2020 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

How to prevent winter damage to your conifers, evergreens

These winds are getting to me, and I don’t even live on Florida Mesa. They pick up in the afternoon, grabbing dust, dirt and pollen, and deposit them directly into my eyes and nose. I am a...

DATE: May 4, 2020 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Victory gardens nourished bodies and souls in uncertain times

My Grandpa Parmenter was an auto parts salesman who had a pen collection like no other. He must have traded other salesmen – “I’ll give you a Big A Automotive for a Michelin” – and I think he must...

DATE: April 6, 2020 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

A garden journal will help your harvest

I like the idea of writing with a pen or pencil. I actually lament that cursive isn’t as prevalent in the elementary school curriculum as it was when I was a kid. For those of you in my age bracket...

DATE: March 9, 2020 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Tips to successfully start your own plants this year

Many of you out there consider New Year’s Day the first day of the year. However, there are others who consider it the start of the next gardening season. Don’t believe me? You know you are a...

DATE: Feb. 3, 2020 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

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