Filed under Plants That Grow Here

Not Yet Spring Thaw

A receding Arctic blast reminds us that Spring thaw is many weeks away. It’s evident when trying to retrieve a bit of last season’s potting soil for a houseplant. It’s stored outdoors. Not only is the loose potting soil frozen solid, but the scoop is hard frozen in the mixture too! We can still think … Continue reading

Your Flowers for the Season

If you like to grow flower starter plants or think about your first greenhouse selections, seed catalogs are helpful as you plan for the new season.  We all have inclinations with color and foliage. Part of the fun with plants is making your choices. At Plant Exchange Blog, you might guess we like yellow flowers. … Continue reading

Regional Plant-Related Event

“Save the Date” Minnehaha County Master Gardeners of Sioux Falls area Are excited to present Gardening with the Masters 2020 Spring Event Saturday, April 18, 2020 8:00 am to 3:00 pm Schroeder Auditorium at Sanford USD Medical Center 1305 W 18th Street, Sioux Falls, SD 57117 Featuring Mary Holm, host of Pioneer Public TV’s “Prairie … Continue reading

Flowers on a Cold, Foggy Day

Thinking about annual flowers for summer really fits this cold, foggy day in winter. The Four O’Clocks and Zinnias were from the garden here at Plant Exchange Blog. Sometimes just a new twist on an annual we’ve grown successfully for years is just what we are looking for next season. That seems to be the … Continue reading

Regional Plant-Related Event

“Save the Date” For Missouri Valley Master Gardeners’ Spring Fling Chris Schlenker, Head Gardener at McCrory Gardens presents “New Plant Variety & Trial Review at McCrory Gardens”  Look and hear about some of the newest annuals, perennials, and shrubs suitable for our region from Proven Winners, Walters Gardens, Bailey Nurseries, and All-America Selections and ask … Continue reading

Regional Plant-Related Event

Save the Date! Grow With Us at the Siouxland Garden Show! Friday, April 3 · 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday, April 4 · 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Marriott Center, 385 East 4th St., South Sioux City, NE (New name, same great space!) $5 daily admission – Children 12 and under free Gardeners (or gardening … Continue reading

Indoor Plant Nursery

On a snowy day in January, come thoughts of growing hardy flower or vegetable seedlings ready to plant outdoors in late May. With the last frost date about mid-May in this Northern Plains region, there’s no rush now to get seeds into the growing medium. In fact, if the results you remember from the last … Continue reading

Bouquet of Ideas

It’s a snowy day at Plant Exchange Blog. The kind of day to think about the yard and flowerbeds for next season and enjoy a peony bouquet of ideas. Below is a suburban city lot in the Midwest. The homeowner skillfully created a soil berm in the flat yard that displays all the flowerbed plants … Continue reading

Search for Beautiful Plants that Grow Well Here

Some people like to discover their own new plants. They choose them from seed company catalogs or websites providing seeds nationwide. They read the general growing tips, choose a plant and see what happens when they grow it locally. Some people use the recommendations of regional nursery personnel who have tried many new plants. Some … Continue reading

The Plots Thicken

Pollinator plots continue at Lewis & Clark Recreation Area after challenging weed and weather issues of the past five years. Shane Bertsch, District Park Supervisor at Lewis & Clark Recreation Area and Dale Dawson, Conservation Foreman there, planned and implemented large wildflower and native grass pollinator plots at the park entrance. Wildflowers such as these … Continue reading