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Tomato Tips

It’s a balmy morning in mid-July and plants have received adequate moisture. The Plant Exchange USDA Zone 4 -5a refers more to winter averages.  Summer heat, dry and erratic conditions also impact the region. We cherish temperate conditions that help container plants to remain robust in mid-summer. Besides flowers, many Plant Exchange readers like to … Continue reading

Regional Plant-Related Event

Nut & Hop Production Tours Aug. 4 in Yankton, SD  The South Dakota Specialty Producers Association (SDSPA) has coordinated upcoming farm tours to feature the production of nuts and hops on Saturday, Aug 4 from 9:00 a.m. – 4 p.m. C.T. in rural Yankton, SD. The first tour will begin at 9:00 a.m. C.T. at Ausborn’s … Continue reading

Regional Plant-Related Event

2018 Canning Workshop@ SDSU Extension Sioux Falls Regional Center Tuesday, August 14th @ 01:00pm SDSU Extension will be hosting a canning workshop on August 14 at 1 PM CDT at the Sioux Falls Regional Center (2001 E. Eighth St., Sioux Falls, SD 57103). Join us and learn how to safely can in your kitchen! SDSU … Continue reading

‘Fresh from the Garden’

What are new ways to enjoy fresh produce that we grow locally or find in the farmers’ market? ‘Fresh from the Garden’ is a garden food preparation series that features Chef Staci Pederson of Hy-Vee Food Store in Yankton. Recipes of Chef Staci and produce preparation hints were published in Yankton Press & Dakotan newspaper … Continue reading

Gardens After a Flash Flood

Yankton Community Gardens are located along the Marne Creek floodplain. Heavy rains caused flash flooding of the gardens in late June. The creek current extended into the gardens. But by the next day, much of the water had receded or had been absorbed by the soil. Some pf the garden plants may continue to grow … Continue reading

Regional Plant-Related Event

Local Foods Fair Scheduled for Sioux Falls, SD A Local Foods Fair will be held at Stockyards Ag Experience, 301 E Falls Park Dr, Sioux Falls, SD on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 starting at 3:00pm. The Local Foods Fair is a family friendly event that will focus on consumer education and awareness about local foods … 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

Farmers’ Wisdom About Soil Temperature

As gardeners, we can plant successfully season after season without a soil thermometer…as long as we wait to plant until farmers are in the field. Farmers have learned that if you want to start planting as soon as possible, you must consider the soil temperature. This relatively cool, wet spring in this region, highlights the … Continue reading

Garden Time

May is the month to begin again. Diane Dickes of Diane’s Greenhouse, summarizes pointers that will carry you through the season. One of her ideas is to plant a butterfly garden. Butterflies choose flowers with the nectar and pollen they want. Painted lady butterflies, so especially plentiful last season, chose milkweed as one of their … Continue reading