Filed under Plants That Grow Here

New Seeds Gardeners Might Try

Maybe this spring you’d like to try a few new seeds for the garden. With the energy building for the new season, we’d like to make smart choices. All-America Selections (AAS) is a non-profit organization that asks horticulture professionals to field test new flower and vegetable seeds throughout the country. Our region is called the … Continue reading

Regional Plant-Related Events

“How and Why to Add Natives to Your Home Gardens” with Michelle Biodrowski, Pottawattamie County Conservation Naturalist and president of Iowa Prairie Network‘s board of directors, will present at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at the Sioux City Public Library. Sponsors: Loess Hills Wild Ones Healing the Earth one yard at a time. https://www.facebook.com/LoessHillsWildOnes      

Days of Solitude

One of the features of the Northern Plains is days of solitude. I started a stroll around the yard, feeling the burden of a snowy day. There lay the outline of yarrow in snow I had hadn’t noticed all winter. Silent birdhouse by one of the deer trails. Snow is heavy on the spruce, but … Continue reading

Regional Plant-Related Event

“Brighten Your Landscape with Amazing Containers” is the Spring Fling topic sponsored by Missouri Valley Master Gardeners at the Avera Sacred Heart Pavilion Auditorium on Tuesday, March 26th, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Presenter Cindy Jungman is a Master Gardener from Hartford, South Dakota who plants more than a hundred containers a year with more than … Continue reading

Regional Plant-Related Event

Red Road Herbs Stanton, Nebraska 2019 Winter Workshops & Classes Beginning Herbalist Workshop  Saturday – March 16 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. * Workshops are a convenient combination of all three classes in one day and include catered lunch. Classes and workshops include take-home samples. Individual Classes – 1 date for each class Herbal Oils & … Continue reading

Plant Bits

It’s a cold day in the Dakotas, but a great day to do catch up reading here at Plant Exchange Blog. These are some garden-related topics on attracting more butterflies in the yard, like this monarch on Agastache. Also there’s an item on free leaf mulch, attracting more kinds of birds and a possible perennial … Continue reading

Elements of a Welcoming Home Entrance

How do we create more inviting front entrances for our homes? Let’s tour the front entrance of Andy and Jen Holst to see how they applied their creativity to making their front entrance welcoming. Their yard was a part of the Master Gardener garden tour last summer. Their yard in Yankton has an intimate front … Continue reading

Swiss Chard, a Tasty Winter Treat Indoors

In winter, it is hard to find purchased greens that maintain freshness very long and are tasty. Swiss chard has a mild flavor and is easy to grow indoors, especially if started in late fall for a winter crop. Related to beets, Swiss chard is a member of Amaranthaceae that originated in the Mediterranean. Swiss … Continue reading

Butterflies in the House

Last September Jay and Mike Gurney and Cathy Weiss of Yankton Nurseries chatted about the weather of the 2018 growing season and related oddities. They hadn’t seen many butterflies until the end of the season, especially swallowtails and monarchs. Arriving butterflies became quite busy around the nursery, gathering nectar and pollen. As a curiosity to … Continue reading