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.

The name of the game is getting your hands dirty – and getting smart

Gardening in Southwest Colorado is frequently challenging. We have deer, pocket gophers and voles. There can be frosts in June and September and rains that come down in sheets or just seem to...

DATE: April 6, 2011 | COLUMN: Get Growing

Iron Horse Chef competition heats up market

Once upon a time, I worked in restaurants. I washed dishes at the Palace Restaurant, cleared tables at now-closed Father Murphy’s, and was a waiter and cook at Gazpacho’s. Then while in Montana, I...

DATE: Sept. 8, 2010 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Options abound for supporting the local food economy

In honor of those who participated in the 2010 La Plata County Fair, here are some suggestions of things that you can do to support the local food economy. b Plant a garden and grow as much of your...

DATE: Aug. 18, 2010 | COLUMN: Get Growing

Local food to be focus of upcoming events

Like many of you, I have stressed over my garden this year. I had mentioned in a previous article that my garden was not growing – even with silver bells and cockle shells – like I wanted it to....

DATE: Aug. 11, 2010 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Plants lack umph? Try this fertilizer formula

I hope that I am not alone in the puny garden department this year. It seems as if the tomatoes, which were planted May31, haven't put on much growth. Seeds sown at the first of the month still...

DATE: July 1, 2010 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Vines are a landscape idea that will grow on you

In an effort to try and beat the heat this summer, you may want to think about using vines to help shade the favoritespot in the landscape. Recently, I planted vines near a willow archway to help...

DATE: June 24, 2010 | COLUMN: Get Growing

Wise watering the key to defeating drought

My family and I went camping last weekend - the first of hopefully many weekends away from the house. This was themaiden voyage for the recently purchased pop-up camper, which is a luxury - albeit...

DATE: June 17, 2010 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Flaunt beauty, bounty in local garden contest

What message does your yard, or garden, or property convey? Is it one of indifference (i.e. rentals that haven't seen ahose, or mower, or trowel for years) or commitment? Does it display your...

DATE: June 2, 2010 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Find a story line and be sure to stick with it

In my last column, I introduced the idea of creating your outdoor space. It can be a daunting task, but if you take itstep by step, it can be much easier and useful.I wanted to finish a couple of...

DATE: May 5, 2010 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

The landscaping process begins by thinking big

A couple of years ago I wrote about my yard, and my outdoor living space. For an urban lot, it is relatively large andhad been neglected for years. We decided to start with a clean slate, with the...

DATE: April 22, 2010 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Area makes for growing challenges

I am so excited that I can see my front yard. Over the last couple of weeks, the snow has melted, the grass is slowlyspringing to life and the buds on the plum trees are getting ready to pop.I love...

DATE: April 8, 2010 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

It's time to think about seedlings

As many of my Colorado Master Gardener students and volunteers know, I am more of a “fruits-and-vegetables" than a“flowers" kind of horticulturist. Don't get me wrong, I like flowers. But for me,...

DATE: March 25, 2010 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

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