Watering Indoor Plants

In a two-week-before frenzy to add color to a family celebration, I repotted a flowering tropical plant into a pot without holes in the bottom. (With a drill not handy, I will remedy that later.) I watered the plant extra, figuring it would be forgotten in the rush. Days later, noting some bloom drop and … Continue reading

Dibbles and Bits

Butterflies and bees are nowhere in sight on this snowy day in March. Still, the flowers and vegetables that we consider for spring depend on pollinators. Today’s features include thinking bees, Monarchs, and native plants that draw pollinators. Thinking Bee:  From the first bees we see on fruit trees, to summer zinnias, to cucumbers in the … Continue reading

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day March 15th

Welcome to Plant Exchange Blog on the Northern Plains, USDA Hardiness Zone 4-5a. Today is a melting day from several snowfalls. Here, we are still in late winter, not yet showing signs of spring. Lacking a single plant in bloom out or indoors, I noticed a past local Star Magnolia tree photo that does bloom in early … Continue reading

Dibbles and Bits

Inching toward warm spring days, we look at right plant choices for the right location with native origin plant examples. Purple Coneflower (Echinacea pupurea) is a drought-tolerant perennial of the daisy family that grows from a tap root. Echinacea is native to eastern and central North America prairieland open woods and is common in yards of … Continue reading

Bleeding Hearts of Coming Spring

Asian Bleeding Hearts (Lamprocapros spectabilis) are perennials that tolerate this region’s cool springs and changeable weather well. They begin to grow along with daffodils and bloom into the summer among plants like hostas in a bed of nutrient wood chips. A partial or full-shade plant that grows to about 30 inches tall, this one is situated … Continue reading

Dibbles and Bits

With additional snow cover locally, the USDA average last frost date (April 27th- May 3rd in this region) is not top of mind. Before planting, we consider spring drought preparations, a drought-tolerant bee balm, and what’s left at the low water mark. Drought may continue into spring in this area, and lawn grass displays a lack … Continue reading

Before the Spring “Last Frost” Date

Even with snow cover, the pre-spring gardening tempo is beginning to accelerate. An hour longer daylight in the evening makes it harder to ignore the past holiday plants, seed catalogs, and winter is over soon stack of books. These are some gardening thoughts here at Plant Exchange Blog.  1.   This local region’s average last-killing frost is … Continue reading

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day–February 15th

Bloom day search indoors while outdoor plants rest in dormancy often yields a surprise here on the Northern Plains. Houseplants receive adequate water; there are few changes for them indoors. One might not expect houseplant blooms. The trigger to bloom isn’t activated by the consistent daily 70-65-degree F. house temperature range. Our houseplants don’t receive … Continue reading

Regional Plant-Related Event

Minnehaha County Master Gardener’s Saturday March 25th Sioux Falls, SD Spots for theMCMG Gardening with the Masters Spring Eventare filling up fast! Register TODAY to secure you place at this fantastic event! Start the growing season by attending the MCMG Gardening with the Masters Spring Event! This year’s event is information packed including four horticulture expert presentations, … Continue reading

Create a Sustainable Yard

A blanket of snow covers our yard. Before winter dormancy ends and the spring rush begins, there is time to think about parts of the yard to reinforce, add to, or change. A February 2023 Fine Gardening magazine feature shows how a professional might access their yard. It stirred some thoughts about my own yard. … Continue reading