Garden Bloggers Bloom Day Feb 15th

Welcome to Garden Bloggers Bloom Day at Plant Exchange Blog! February 15th in South Dakota is snowy outside.  We have several inches of snow cover that protect the plants, and about half of the air temperatures are above freezing for the next week.  Still winter. Indoor plants are inviting this time of year. Violets are … Continue reading

Regional Plant-Related Event

SD Local Foods Coalition Partnership Meeting Mar 1-2  The South Dakota Specialty Producers Association (SDSPA) is hosting a set of work group sessions on March 1 & 2 to re-energize statewide efforts to promote and support the growing local foods movement. The partnership session begins at 1 p.m. CST March 1st at Arrowwood Resort in … Continue reading

Regional Plant-Related Event

April 7         St. Lawrence, SD         Spring Fling The Dakota Prairie Master Gardeners have announced their Annual Spring Fling featuring Dr. John Ball, Professor and SDSU Extension Forestry Specialist who will provide expert advice on forestry and gardening. Sat., April 7, 2018. For information or tickets contact Connie Schroeder at phone (605) 853-2268.

Selecting Garden Seeds

Garden seed catalogs provide plenty of choices for garden seeds to grow as seedlings indoors or to plant directly in the flowerbed or vegetable garden when the soil temperature warms in spring. Seed companies favor different kinds of plants, though they may have similar seed sources, not unlike what you see when visiting independent nurseries … Continue reading

Regional Plant-Related Events

Garden Shows   Feb 23-25            Fargo, ND                       Red River Home & Garden Show http://www.hbafm.com/events/home-garden __ March 30-April 6         Minneapolis, MN        Minneapolis Home & Garden Show http://www.mplsconvctr.org   April 6-7          Sioux City, IA               Siouxland Garden Show http://www.siouxlandgardenshow.org   April 27-28      Norfolk, NE                 Northeast Nebraska Master Gardener Plant Fair http://www.extension.unl.edu/madison/northeast-nebraska-master-gardener-home/  

Regional Plant-Related Event

Gardening in the Black Hills Classes: Feb 27th – April 3rd Tuesdays, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. SDSU Extension Rapid City Regional Center Call for a list of classes and more information: 605.394.1722

Thinking Spring

Been thinking. What worked well last season to consider trying again? Some of the early annuals and perennials from last year that are memorable here at Plant Exchange were surprises. Daffodils surprise me every year. Out of brown soil and winter decay comes their bright faces. Annual pansies usually perform well in a lingering cool, … Continue reading

Regional Plant-Related Event

Wagner Community School students  are learning about growing food and the nutrition and other benefits of local, fresh produce. These Wagner, South Dakota will be featured in a segment of: “Savor Dakota Salads,” a South Dakota Public Broadcasting TV show on Thursday, March 1st at 8:30 p.m. Central Time or Sunday, March 4th, at 1:30 p.m. … Continue reading

AAS Recommends Plants for Containers

Welcome to Plant Exchange Blog. We’re thinking about plants for next season. Plant containers are a versatile way to grow flowers and vegetables outdoors. Containers can be moved to the sunny or shade location in season to fit plant needs. Containers of plants can be placed on a deck, away from bunnies and deer. Containers … Continue reading