Tulips for All to Enjoy

Welcome back to Plant Exchange where we celebrate plants of the Northern Plains and people who grow them. If we like plants, it’s easy to spot someone who values them too. Gary Idt of Yankton is a gardener who shares his plants with others. Tulips prominently bloom along the right-of-way by his house in mid … Continue reading

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day– June 15th

For our Garden Bloggers Bloom Day—June 15th, we walked on a nature trail Lewis & Clark Recreation Area by the Missouri River. It’s in a USDA Zone 4-5a region and summer is approaching here. Lots of native gray twig dogwood trees are in bloom, especially where the small trees or shrubs are understory or protected … Continue reading

What About Compost?

Even in our busy lives, when we plant, we try to improve the soil as we go. Amending soil can be as simple as mulching with chemical-free grass clippings and turning under the clippings in garden clean up at the end of the season. When we plant, perhaps we add a scoop of compost to … Continue reading

Annual Flowers for Yankton City Spaces

Lisa Kortan, urban forester for the City of Yankton, is responsible for choosing annuals that decorate downtown Yankton all summer. She also chooses kinds and colors of annuals for parks and boulevards around town. Just like we have environmental considerations for the annuals we choose to highlight our green spaces, Kortan puts a lot of … Continue reading

Celebrate June with a Walk in the Garden

Welcome to Plant Exchange! Lots of people who like plants share their experiences growing plants on the Northern Plains here. Of course, the current posts are in the right column. We hope you will find several subjects of your interest in the topics below the postsfrom many who have shared here. Today’s walk in the … Continue reading

Farmers’ Wisdom About Soil Temperature

As gardeners, we can plant successfully season after season without a soil thermometer…as long as we wait to plant until farmers are in the field. Farmers have learned that if you want to start planting as soon as possible, you must consider the soil temperature. This relatively cool, wet spring in this region, highlights the … Continue reading

Regional Plant-Related Event

Canning Workshop in Sioux Falls will bepresented by SDSU Extension Field Specialists, June 23rd, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Sioux Falls SDSU Extension Regional Center. Registration can be found for Sioux Falls here: http://igrow.org/events/2018-canning-workshop-sioux-falls/  

Regional Plant-Related Event

The Minnehaha County Master Gardeners’ annual garden tour provides the community the opportunity to experience the beauty of six local gardens. The garden tour aims to showcase the botanical creations of accomplished Sioux Falls gardeners. The garden tour will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 20. Starting June 1, people interested … Continue reading

Regional Plant-Related Event

Yankton area Tour of Lawns and Gardens sponsored by Missouri Valley Master Gardeners will be Saturday, June 23rd. Tickets will be sold at Riverview Reformed Church, 1700 Burleigh St., from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The $10 donation includes a salad lunch. This 11thannual self-guided tour will include a number of diverse lawns and gardens.  … Continue reading

Garden Time

May is the month to begin again. Diane Dickes of Diane’s Greenhouse, summarizes pointers that will carry you through the season. One of her ideas is to plant a butterfly garden. Butterflies choose flowers with the nectar and pollen they want. Painted lady butterflies, so especially plentiful last season, chose milkweed as one of their … Continue reading