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Garden Bloggers Bloom Day November 15th

Welcome to Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. At Plant Exchange Blog on the Northern Plains, we’ve had a little snow, ice, and a morning or two of frozen water on window panes so far in November. Indoors, camellia, a standard pink Camellia japonica, is in bloom. Shiny dark green leaves and a compact shrub are other … Continue reading

What do You do with Your Dream Place?

“I told Jen one time, if the house ever came for sale and if we were able to do it financially, that this house would be a dream,” Andy Holst said. Andy and his wife Jen Holst of Embroidery & Screen Works, Inc.  in Yankton, South Dakota, got the chance. Their home is on the … Continue reading

Fall Color in the Yard

It’s the mid-fall pumpkin time of year. Here at Plant Exchange Blog, it’s an excuse to look for color in the yard and enjoy the cinnamon-pepper air. Our no-special-variety Japanese maple gets to dress in red this year. Sometimes the chill of fall comes too early before the leaves turn. Sunshine and leaves go together. … Continue reading

More Garden Diaries

These are some “Garden Diaries” or plant ideas being tried and shared by these gardeners of the region: Kathy Jorgensen, Janette Marker, Marlys Hauck-Fenner, Gary Idt, Gary and Cynthia Jensen, and Marilyn Kratz. Topics include tips for raising sweet potatoes in our region, wonders of easy-to-grow ornamental catmint, propagating and growing prized grapes, living ground … Continue reading

Emerald Ash Borer: Insecticide Management Options

Dr. John Ball provides information about how to identify a tree infested with Emerald Ash Borer. Dr. Ball is Professor, SDSU Extension Forestry Specialist & South Dakota Department of Agriculture Forest Health Specialist and SDSU Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science Department. His extensive experience with trees of this region is an asset for helping those … Continue reading

Yankton Makes Plans for Emerald Ash Borer

Yankton is preparing for the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), though it may not be confirmed in this city for years. Ash trees are common in this region. Todd Larson, director of Yankton Parks & Recreation, shares the current Yankton plan for public ash trees. His discussion of Yankton’s response to EAB was published earlier in … Continue reading

What About Compost?

Even in our busy lives, when we plant, we try to improve the soil as we go. Amending soil can be as simple as mulching with chemical-free grass clippings and turning under the clippings in garden clean up at the end of the season. When we plant, perhaps we add a scoop of compost to … 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