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Which Annuals?

Welcome to Plant Exchange! We’re thinking about colors we’d like to include in flowerbeds and containers this season. Annual flowers definitely add pizazz. Greenhouses will soon be filled with annual transplants ready for outdoors in May after the last frost. If you are willing to wait until July for plants to mature and flower, direct … Continue reading

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day– March 15th

Welcome to Garden Bloggers Bloom Day! On the 15th of each month, garden bloggers share what’s in bloom where we live. Here at Plant Exchange in South Dakota, USDA 4b – 5a, some snow from last week remains on the ground, along with partially melted snow drifts and piles. Spring will soon be here, but … Continue reading

Dibbles and Bits

Welcome to Plant Exchange! Here we feature plants in USDA Zone 4-5a on the Northern Plains and the people who grow them. Robins are back and Spring is close, even with snow on the ground. It’s a time to think about plants from last season to repeat or avoid. Gaillardia is a tender perennial here, … Continue reading

Favorite Begonia Houseplant

Thanks for visiting our weekly Plant Exchange Blog. We hope you’ll enjoy this topic and will find many others of interest. Thank you for “Likes” and our loyal “Followers.” A plant needs to stand out from others to be a favorite here at Plant Exchange. This Begonia acetosa has shiny green leaves with red undersides. … Continue reading

Regional Plant-Related Event

Yankton Area Master Gardener Spring Fling “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow—Forty Years of Gardening” is this spring’s topic. Nurseryman and Yankton Nurseries owner, Jay Gurney, and manager Kathy Weiss are presenters. Missouri Valley Master Gardeners host this annual event. They welcome all Master Gardeners and the public to the Pavilion Auditorium on the Avera Campus, W. … Continue reading

Regional Plant-Related Event

Loess Hills Wild Ones Join us at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 11, at the Sioux City Public Library (529 Pierce St, Sioux City) for a special pre-recorded presentation on gardening for pollinators by Benjamin Vogt, owner of the prairie garden design firm Monarch Gardens LLC and columnist at In this slide-show talk, Benjamin takes … Continue reading

Plants on a Winter Walk

It’s this kind of day for bunnies here. For deer and turkeys and other wildlife too. For us humans, though, it’s lots of windshield time, not out in nature. Our local parks exist for helping us connect with nature on a simple walk. Let’s take a walk by a couple of area parks to see … Continue reading

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day Feb 15th

Welcome to Garden Bloggers Bloom Day at Plant Exchange Blog! February 15th in South Dakota is snowy outside.  We have several inches of snow cover that protect the plants, and about half of the air temperatures are above freezing for the next week.  Still winter. Indoor plants are inviting this time of year. Violets are … Continue reading

Selecting Garden Seeds

Garden seed catalogs provide plenty of choices for garden seeds to grow as seedlings indoors or to plant directly in the flowerbed or vegetable garden when the soil temperature warms in spring. Seed companies favor different kinds of plants, though they may have similar seed sources, not unlike what you see when visiting independent nurseries … Continue reading