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.

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

Hot and dry, June is tough on our lawns

Just like I predicted: June was hot and dry. Fans and window air-conditioning units were turned on before we wanted to. Upstairs bedrooms were too hot to sleep in. The Animas River seemed...

DATE: June 30, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Acclaimed plant experts to share wisdom at Four Corners Horticulture Conference

On June 9 and 10, something amazing is going to happen here in Durango. No, it has nothing to do with the end of road construction, the opening of another hotel or the start of some...

DATE: June 1, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

On neighborhood walks, I watch spring unfold

This past month, I have become pretty intimate with my neighborhood on the southside of Durango. After going through back surgery in early April, my primary means of exercise has been my own two...

DATE: May 4, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Choose the right tree to fit into a smaller, urban lot

Last month, I wrote about ample space in the landscape, a luxury (or detriment depending on your interests) that many of us wish we had. I had some suggestions for large trees that could work if...

DATE: April 3, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

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