Position: La Plata County Extension Office

Email: parmenterdm@co.laplata.co.us

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

The harvest, the weather make September great

I’m a fan of September – if it had an Instagram page, I would follow it; a Facebook site, I would like it. The cool mornings, afternoons in the 80s and nights with open windows make up for the...

DATE: Sept. 3, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Let the county fair shine its light on you

You look for bright spots. No matter what you have happening in your life, you look for those times, those people or those moments when a bit of sunshine can make a world of difference. As Brandi...

DATE: Aug. 6, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Remember that we are a community – be kind to each other

It would be pretty easy to write another article about the drought. As someone who deals with plants on a daily basis, I have seen the effects of this drought on trees, shrubs, lawns, weeds,...

DATE: July 9, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Is your juniper tree looking rusty? Blame it on this fungus

Editor’s note: Get Growing, written by the La Plata County Extension Office’s Master Gardener Program, appears during the growing season. It features timely tips and suggestions for your garden and...

DATE: June 25, 2018 | COLUMN: Get Growing

Relentless winds can parch plants, pull moisture from soil

I am sick of this wind, and I don’t even have hair. It’s not uncommon to have blustery days in April, but as we enter June, I always thought they would start to die down. But not this year – the...

DATE: June 4, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Dry year creates challenging conditions for farmers, ranchers in Southwest Colorado

I write this as the rain is finally coming down in the valley, wet snow in the high country. In Durango, moisture in two of the last five days has been a rarity, albeit welcome. Unfortunately, the...

DATE: May 7, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Each landscape presents its own demands to gardeners

A couple of weeks ago, I traveled across the Western Slope of Colorado, giving talks to multiple Master Gardener classes about backyard vegetable production. Same talk with 270 PowerPoint slides,...

DATE: April 9, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Workshop to address managing water needs in a dry year

Last month was all about soil, and yes, soil is where everything starts. If you build it, plants, flowers and fruit will come. If you ask a farmer or rancher – and if they’re worth their weight in...

DATE: March 5, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Gardeners, this measurement will tell you a lot about your soil

I tried. I wrote an article about watering trees in the winter, I washed the car and I sold a pair of skis. But none of it did the trick. Our weather seems to get only warmer, and even the few...

DATE: Feb. 5, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Workshop will teach techniques to extend the growing season

As our travels around the sun begin again, we seem to be traversing through a very, very strange and dichotomous winter. This week, we have winter storm warnings for Jacksonville, Florida;...

DATE: Jan. 8, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Our dry weather may mean trees need winter watering

Over the years, I’ve written articles that seem to initiate a response from Mother Nature that completely eliminates the need to do what I’m writing about. So, in hopes of that happening again...

DATE: Dec. 3, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

I’ve enjoyed a busy 10 years and look forward to more

You know time flies when you’re daydreaming in your office (extremely momentarily) about a topic for the monthly newspaper article and you see a certificate on the wall recognizing five years of...

DATE: Nov. 6, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office