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Garden Bloggers Bloom Day–July 15th

Welcome to Garden Bloggers Bloom Day where we share what is blooming in our location the 15thof July.  In our Plant Exchange region, we are USDA Zone 4b – 5a.  We’ve had extra rain the past month, especially beneficial to trees, shrubs and perennials. One example of returning perennial is the Butterfly Weed. They were … 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

Garden Diaries

“Garden Diaries” is a new addition to Plant Exchange. Readers are invited to share short, timely plant-related ideas they are doing or planning and give helpful details in case someone might want to try it. Thanks to the following readers who share their garden diary entries about cannas and hummingbirds, moving perennial ornamental grasses, saving … Continue reading

Bring On the Annuals!

We’re attracted to colorful blooms when we visit area greenhouses. We want annuals that fit our color and size interest and match our growing conditions. Horticulturist Lisa Kortan has been planting annuals as well as other plants for the City of Yankton for years. She selects the flowers that bloom all summer on the main … Continue reading

Gardening Can Be Unpredictable

Welcome to Plant Exchange where we try to garden but it doesn’t always work out!  It’s the middle of April, and the spring weather is unsettled. Below is an idea which the writer implemented in mid-March. She planted three pots and waited. Crunchy pod snow peas are a favorite, but getting the garden ready soon … Continue reading