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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

Regional Plant-Related Event

Tulip Festival Orange City, Iowa May 17, 18, and 19th “Where flowers bloom, so does hope!” Immerse in the Dutch heritage with tulips and other flowers in bloom, community dancers in authentic costumes, foods, shoe carving, quilt show, horse drawn trolleys, parade, carnival, arts and crafts, road race, cruise-in cars and antique tractors and more. … Continue reading

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day April 15th

Welcome to Plant Exchange participation in “Garden Bloggers Bloom Day.” Garden bloggers across the United States and in other countries post what’s in bloom each 15th day of the month. Plant Exchange is located in South Dakota on the Northern Plains and is USDA Zone 4-5a in our region. This is what it looks like … Continue reading

Early Spring in the Greenhouse Video

Welcome to Plant Exchange where we share about plants of the Northern Plains and people who grow them.  It’s April 13th and the forecast is for snow tonight. But in our little greenhouse, we wanted to show you what plants are doing. Only harvest available so far is this kale. Please join us in the … Continue reading

Want to Start Seeds Indoors?

It’s early spring in our USDA Zone 4 – 5a region in the Northern Plains. Temperatures have fluctuated and slowed spring transition so far. The local nurseryman says spring is about two weeks behind normal at this time. Luckily, indoors, we can start seeds and have them ready to plant in the garden when the … 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

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

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