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.

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

Livestock-judging program useful for kids on many levels

With school getting back in session, I thought it would be useful to give all of the readers an educational lesson.No, it isn't anything like using statistical analysis to forecast the first freeze...

DATE: Aug. 27, 2009 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

La Plata County Fair holds opportunities, farewells

Ah, Fair Week. The time of year when the fairgrounds and Extension Office are overrun with volunteers, kids, vendors and the occasional casserole dish to share.Yes, there will be a carnival here...

DATE: Aug. 6, 2009 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Eww, gross - keep an eye out

Editor's note: Get Growing, written by the La Plata County Extension Office's Master Gardener Program, appears every other week during the growing season. It features timely tips and suggestions...

DATE: July 30, 2009 | COLUMN: Get Growing

Aspen a target of many insects and diseases

Editor's note: Get Growing, written by the La Plata County Extension Office's Master Gardener Program, appears every other week during the growing season. It features timely tips and suggestions...

DATE: July 2, 2009 | COLUMN: Get Growing

Durango Farmers Market adds Wednesday evening

I can honestly admit that I love the social aspect of the Durango Farmers Market. And I am not alone.I am confident that there are those who get to the First National Bank parking lot at 9 a.m. and...

DATE: June 25, 2009 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Spring's coming: Chores to do and not to do

So we thought that summer was just around the corner.Weeks of balmy temperatures led to a plethora of white legs sticking out of shorts, flies being cast on the Animas, and open windows and doors,...

DATE: April 9, 2009 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

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