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June ‘Fresh from the Garden’

Welcome to our Plant Exchange!  We’re thinking about easy summer days. Can’t you just picture yourself leaning back against a tree in the shade, watching this before you? Summer is made for easy days. We’re featuring what to do with garden produce this week. Summer food matches these easy days with fewer scheduled events and … Continue reading

Another Look at Spring

Spring is a busy time for garden procrastinators at Plant Exchange. Now, by the calendar and by daily temperatures, summer is near.  For now, let’s cherish the colors of spring a moment longer. Containers of potted bulbs have been cold-treated to bloom in season outdoors. They added color at the Henry Doorley Zoo in Omaha … Continue reading

Controlling Weeds in Perennial Beds

Welcome to Plant Exchange! We’re indoors much of the day this week with the first heat wave of spring. This is some of what June is made for:  A country outing. Fine tuning an old friend. A couple of geese and their kid out with a friend. Not for weeds! Alas; procrastination is why I’m … Continue reading

Regional Plant-Related Event

Garden Soil Health  Why it’s important and how to improve it! This presentation will review and contrast examples of poor/good soil health and why it is important for food security. Soil health parameters will be reviewed and examples of management practices for improved soil health will be provided. Participants thought processes will be challenged with … Continue reading

Regional Plant-Related Event

Specialty Producer Tours I encourage you to participate in any or all of the following tours this year – there are lots of different options. South Dakota Specialty Producers Association is offering 11 producer tours for the 2017 Summer Season. The tours are open to anyone who wishes to learn. You must register only if … Continue reading

Springtime Out the Front Door

Welcome to Plant Exchange Blog where we see lots of perennials in bloom around us. Some of the magic of spring occurs outside our front door. What is attracting pollinators most at the moment appears to be catmint. You may see a bumble bee in mid cluster of stems now, but butterflies, other bees and … Continue reading

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day May 15th

So much to see in spring! For this Garden Bloggers Bloom Day on May 15th, we chose to feature trees in bloom or displaying their beauty. We are USDA Zone 4-5a here in South Dakota, so first leaves are still appearing on some trees, but most are green by now. Buckeye x Horse Chestnut is … Continue reading

Build a Butterfly Garden

Thanks for taking a moment to visit Plant Exchange Blog where we feature plants of the Northern Plains and people who grow them. You might think that building a butterfly garden costs a lot of money or time. It’s really about noticing your surroundings and including factors that draw butterflies and other pollinators so that … Continue reading