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This week’s Plant Exchange Blog is a topic people who care for plants in the yard want to know more about. Even if we place a tree or shrub with enough space for it to reach its natural shape, sometimes pruning is needed. A great example of a well-pruned shrub is this lilac. It was … Continue reading

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day– August 15th

Welcome to Plant Exchange Blog in South Dakota, USDA Zone 4-5a, most of the time. Warm and cool spring, hot and dry summer and now more temperate days, plants in our raised beds are adapting this season! ‘Pow Wow’ Echinacea grows as a perennial here from seed. Once established it comes back well. It grew … Continue reading

A Look at Our Container Plants

Welcome to Plant Exchange Blog. This week features a look at our container plants. Today is August 11th, a mild summer day with highs in the 70’s and lows in the 60’s. This is quite appreciated after weeks of very hot weather. Join us in the video below to see how container plants are doing … Continue reading

Regional Plant-Related Event

Greenhouse, Gardens & Chefs Tour in Rapid City, SD Aug 27 YANKTON, S.D. – The South Dakota Specialty Producers Association has coordinated four upcoming tours featuring specialty crops, meats and value-added products. The next tours and programs are scheduled for Aug. 27 featuring produce production, greenhouses, and chef meal and presentation in the Rapid City region. … Continue reading

Flowers for Shrine Visitors

Welcome to our weekly Plant Exchange Blog. We enjoy plants and learn from the people who grow them. Flowers have many purposes. One of the unique uses of flowers is as accents for the grounds around the House of Mary Shrine, along Highway 52 west of Yankton, South Dakota. All visitors are welcome to visit … Continue reading

July ‘Fresh from the Garden’

When local garden produce is abundant, it helps to consider how to select the best of the crop to eat and have new ways to prepare the food. Chef Staci Pederson of the Yankton Hy-Vee Food Store shares her culinary skills in this week’s Plant Exchange Blog. See Chef Staci’s suggestions for selecting and preparing … Continue reading

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, July 15

Welcome to Plant Exchange blog. Today we’re celebrating Garden Bloggers Bloom Day for July! We celebrate around the United States and in other countries. In South Dakota, USDA Zone 4-5a, we are in the midst of a hot, dry summer. At Plant Exchange blog we looked around us for the beauty of these days. The … Continue reading

Tree Stumps and Roots

On a hot July day, it takes little convincing to walk in the shade of trees. This Norway maple, about twenty years old, shelters many bird nests this season. The same tree in autumn, displays its colors, adding to the many benefits of such trees on the Northern Plains. But how do we deal with … Continue reading

Perennial Ground Covers for Shade Gardens

Who needs more weeds? One way to dissuade unwanted plants is to plant ground covers instead. Perennial ground covers that are hardy for our region and grow well in the shade of trees can be a challenge to find. This bugleweed ground cover in bloom, later displays low-growing green leaves in a sun to shade … Continue reading

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