Earth Awakens

First signs of spring are the most memorable. It makes winter yard clean up almost fun! Finding a perennial that emerges to grow again fills me with hope. In this world, being among the first is a kind of vulnerability that many plants avoid. After all, here at Plant Exchange Blog, we will probably reach … Continue reading

Houseplants Add Pep

Too early to lounge outdoors here. It’s about eight weeks before the last frost when starter plants and houseplants needing rejuvenation are taken outdoors. What can we do with houseplants to add pep to our indoor surroundings now? Rearrange houseplants. Consider moving plants to different rooms where light is better as the angle of the … Continue reading

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day March 15th

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day tribute to the Irish and all! Plant Exchange Blog has a camellia in bloom for you on Garden Bloggers Bloom Day! We wish you the best in the year ahead. Enjoy your browse by topic or individual post here at Plant Exchange Blog. When ready to see what Carol Michel in … Continue reading

Celebrating Greens

We celebrate greens of all ethnicities the whole week at Plant Exchange Blog! One way we celebrate is watching seeds turn to salad greens when it’s too cold to grow them outdoors in spring or fall. Though a south-facing windowsill will do, we use the same fluorescent bulb lights that will help starter plants grow … Continue reading

Beginning Good-Bye to Winter

Good-byes to winter begin. Yesterday the force of extreme prairie breezes lifted stocking caps and waves pushed blocks of ice onto shore at Lewis & Clark Lake on the Missouri River. It’s 40 degrees F. and much calmer today. We go for a walk at Lewis & Clark Recreation Area, USDA 4-5a. Much too soon … Continue reading

Regional Plant Related Event

Spring Fling is canceled due the concerns for the public.   Missouri Valley Master Gardeners of the Yankton, South Dakota area  host 2020 Spring Fling  Chris Schlenker of McCrory Gardens in Brookings presents “New Plant Varieties & Trial Review at McCrory Gardens”  See and hear about some of the newest annuals from zinnias to tomatoes, … Continue reading

Regional Plant Related Event

The event is canceled due to concern for the virus.   Minnehaha County Master Gardeners Gardening with the Masters 2020 Spring Event Saturday, April 18, 2020 8:00 am to 3:00 pm Schroeder Auditorium at Sanford USD Medical Center 1305 W 18th Street, Sioux Falls, SD 57117 Featuring Mary Holm, host of Pioneer Public TV’s “Prairie … Continue reading

Regional Plant Related Event

This event has been canceled due to concern for the virus.   Dakota Prairie Master Gardeners Yard and Garden Workshop Lunch/Activities/Silent Auction/Potting table (how-to demo) Saturday, April 4, 2020 Registration, lunch and all activities $25 9a – 3p St. Lawrence Community Church in St. Lawrence, SD (near Miller, SD) For more information contact:

New Houseplant Now

If you’d like easy-care, low-input indoor plants to add greenery to your living space, consider succulents. These Echeveria succulents are fleshy plants that found naturally in dry conditions in well-drained soil. Succulents are available now in nurseries and big box stores. They grow slowly, retaining their design shape so that little trimming is needed. Plants were … Continue reading