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Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – August 15th

Welcome to Garden Bloggers Bloom Day for August 15th at Plant Exchange Blog. Whenever you decide to visit, we’ll have our blooms ready for you to see. We’re on the Northern Plains in a USDA Zone 4-5a region. Past two weeks have been mild with occasional rain. For mid-August we’d usually expect hot and dry sunny … Continue reading

Revitalize Raised Bed Soil

Revitalizing the soil in raised beds is our Plant Exchange Blog topic today. It’s mid-August and we’re glad that butterflies are becoming more abundant. Our flowerbeds had three issues we wanted to address this spring. Garlic chives had overrun most, and part of another bed and the hoe or chemical was not enough to remove … Continue reading

Regional Plant-Related Event

August 31st, 2:00-4:00pm:  Pollinator & Monarch Tagging  (26924 480th Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57108) Time to celebrate the Pollinators of South Dakota. The day will include special presentations at the amphitheater and come and go activities near the visitor center. A monarch maze, seed bombs, activities and more! The event is free to attend with … Continue reading

Regional Plant-Related Event

August 15th, 6:30-7:30pm:  Third Thursday:  Permaculture & Forest Gardening  (631 22nd Ave, Brookings, SD 57007) How Permaculture & Forest Gardening Can Save the World … or at least your part of it! Presented by: Robin Buterbaugh Join us Thursday, August 15 to learn more about Permaculture and Forest Gardening and the important role it can … Continue reading

Regional Plant-Related Event

Master Gardener and Master Conservationist Fall 2019 Classes Sign up today for research-based education on horticulture and conservation in the Sioux City area. Master Conservationist Aug 29, Sep 14, Sep 26, Oct 5, Oct 10 • Thursdays 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Saturdays 9 am – 3 pm Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will offer … Continue reading

Dibbles And Bits

Today’s Plant Exchange Blog features short plant-related topics that may be of interest to people who like plants. A way to get a standout container garden by combining ordinary plants from the local greenhouse, is to select plants, not only for color and texture, but also for contrast. Contrast light and dark plants such as … Continue reading

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day– July 15th

Welcome to Plant Exchange Blog on the Northern Plains. We feature plants that grow here and the people who like them. In our USDA Zone 4 – 5a region, we’d had more intermittent rain than in past years and a cool spring. Our adaptive plants are nearly caught up to the slow warming soil. Annual … Continue reading

Sweet as Nectar

One way to be pollinator-friendly in our neighborhood is to select plants for our own yard that supply pollinators with nectar and pollen.  So many native pollinators are at work on a sunny early summer day in the Northern Plains. Bees of all sizes are busy yet stay mostly in the background. This is true … Continue reading

Thoughts About Garden Photos

Paul Harens is a retired Yankton High School language arts and social studies teacher who now has time to learn more about photography. His interest in plants goes back to childhood and he combines gardening and preserving what he sees. Harens is self-taught but also learns from others in the Yankton Area Photography Club. His … Continue reading

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day–June 15th

At Plant Exchange blog, we celebrate Spring with delicate peonies. Long-lived peonies are a perennial staple of the Northern Plains. Colorful blooms are commonly 3 inches in diameter. No wonder they are among early favorites for flower bouquets. Peony shrubs grow well in temperate climates, USDA Zone 3-6 or so. The buds require chilling temperatures … Continue reading