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.

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

Local growing season keeps us guessing

As I write this article on a gloomy and cold Tuesday, waiting for the forecasted storm to come in tonight and bring 3 to 5 feet (okay, maybe 3 to 5 inches - but it never hurts to wish) of snow,...

DATE: Oct. 28, 2009 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Homegrown Festival provides a fruity feast this Sunday

The other day, I challenged myself – I was curious how many fruit trees I could find in my short walk to work.I started at my house and traveled the eight blocks to the office at the fairgrounds....

DATE: Oct. 15, 2009 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Durango 4-H agent 'Bob' to say goodbye Oct. 16

The other day I visited a garden space at a local health-care center.It was one of those days when my wife, Andrea, was out of town on business and I had my youngest son in tow. Asher is pretty...

DATE: Oct. 7, 2009 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Extension offers help for gardeners

By the time this article hits the Thursday edition, the first fall frost probably hit the Durango area. It is close to that typical time when temperatures usually dip below 32 degrees - near the...

DATE: Sept. 24, 2009 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

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