June ‘Fresh from the Garden’

Welcome to our Plant Exchange!  We’re thinking about easy summer days. Can’t you just picture yourself leaning back against a tree in the shade, watching this before you? Summer is made for easy days. We’re featuring what to do with garden produce this week. Summer food matches these easy days with fewer scheduled events and … Continue reading

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, June, 2017

Welcome to June Garden Bloggers Bloom Day! Here at Plant Exchange Blog in South Dakota, we celebrate what is blooming around us. Spring brings many colors. One of our favorites at Plant Exchange is yellow. So these are samples of what we see yellow at the moment in late spring. Coreopsis is a common and … Continue reading

Another Look at Spring

Spring is a busy time for garden procrastinators at Plant Exchange. Now, by the calendar and by daily temperatures, summer is near.  For now, let’s cherish the colors of spring a moment longer. Containers of potted bulbs have been cold-treated to bloom in season outdoors. They added color at the Henry Doorley Zoo in Omaha … Continue reading

Regional Plant-Related Event

Envelop Yourself in Plant Paradise with the Garden Tour Looking for a bloom of summer inspiration? With the Minnehaha Master Gardeners annual Garden Tour, you can experience the beauty of five local gardens. The Garden Tour aims to showcase the botanical creations of accomplished Sioux Falls gardeners. Minnehaha Master Gardeners invites you to attend the … Continue reading

Controlling Weeds in Perennial Beds

Welcome to Plant Exchange! We’re indoors much of the day this week with the first heat wave of spring. This is some of what June is made for:  A country outing. Fine tuning an old friend. A couple of geese and their kid out with a friend. Not for weeds! Alas; procrastination is why I’m … Continue reading

Regional Plant-Related Event

Garden Soil Health  Why it’s important and how to improve it! This presentation will review and contrast examples of poor/good soil health and why it is important for food security. Soil health parameters will be reviewed and examples of management practices for improved soil health will be provided. Participants thought processes will be challenged with … Continue reading

Regional Plant-Related Event

Specialty Producer Tours I encourage you to participate in any or all of the following tours this year – there are lots of different options. South Dakota Specialty Producers Association is offering 11 producer tours for the 2017 Summer Season. The tours are open to anyone who wishes to learn. You must register only if … Continue reading

It’s June

  Welcome to Plant Exchange Blog. A new month in growing season is here! Around us we see beautiful gardens at the local community garden. Beans up, potatoes growing and  many transplants in. In fact, that thinking ahead was the inspiration of this harvest photo. But here at Plant Exchange, it’s time to be realistic. … Continue reading

Springtime Out the Front Door

Welcome to Plant Exchange Blog where we see lots of perennials in bloom around us. Some of the magic of spring occurs outside our front door. What is attracting pollinators most at the moment appears to be catmint. You may see a bumble bee in mid cluster of stems now, but butterflies, other bees and … Continue reading