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.

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

There is a link between snow fleas and groundhogs

I had two phone calls today that started “My snow has fleas."“Excuse me?" I replied, assuming that “Snow" was the name of their cat or dog.However, in both cases the descriptions were the same....

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

Five vegetables to grow and eat

I feel like I am risking what little journalism credentials I have - I majored in journalism for one semester at theUniversity of Northern Colorado - because this will be the second article in a...

DATE: Jan. 21, 2010 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

'Tis the season to eat poinsettias, kiss under parasite

Finally, it feels like winter.With all this snow, it is hard not to get in the holiday spirit. Although as I write this article, the seven hours Ijust spent moving snow is making it difficult to...

DATE: Dec. 10, 2009 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Offering a food challenge to the community

I feel pretty confident in saying that, other than Arbor Day, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Of course, on Arbor Day you don't get a free pass to eat whatever you want (why do you think...

DATE: Nov. 26, 2009 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Master Gardeners a reason to keep excited

November and December are my down months. Typically, this is the time of year when I can catch up on all the thingsthat got buried on my desk; the time when the phone calls regarding horticulture...

DATE: Nov. 12, 2009 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

End-of-season advice for gardens and lawns

Editor's note: This is the final column of the season for Get Growing, written by the La Plata County Extension Office's Master Gardener Program. It features timely tips and suggestions for your...

DATE: Oct. 29, 2009 | COLUMN: Get Growing

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