Darrin Parmenter

Position: Director and horticulture agent

Email: parmenterdm@co.laplata.co.us

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

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

Drop off sagging jack-o’-lanterns to feed livestock after Halloween

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: Oct. 26, 2017 | COLUMN: Get Growing

Plant bulbs this fall to light up your garden in the spring

The autumnal tease is here. A couple nights of frost, the changing colors and the snow up high on the mountain tops signal the changing of the guard. We all scramble to get the wood chopped and...

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

Green chile season is here, but they aren’t the hottest peppers

There are times during the year when your senses get the best of you: the sight of the first snow, the sound of coyotes while camping or the taste of fruit picked right from the tree. On a recent...

DATE: Sept. 2, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

My Grandpa’s garden put baseball in the dugout

As a kid, my memories of a backyard garden are somewhat vague, and honestly, none too pleasant. For me, summer was meant for baseball. Every day in June and July, the script was already written:...

DATE: Aug. 5, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

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