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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

Season Favorites

About four inches of snow fell overnight; a reminder that Fall wanes as the holidays approach. Just thinking about a few moments of the past season. The half on/half off leaves of our Japanese maple was a marker for yesterday. A year ago, an early Fall cold event caused the leaves to turn from green … Continue reading

Rocks, Plants and a Dream Yard in Progress

In this week’s Plant Exchange, homeowner Tom Christensen shares how he includes his passion for timeless beauty and variety of rocks he has collected into his plant landscape. Tom and Loretta Christensen live in Yankton’s Historic District in an 1870’s home. Tom continues to renovate their yard, in keeping with the character and craftsmanship of … Continue reading

Look in the Greenhouse at Change of Season

Here at Plant Exchange it’s the end of September and this year the first frost could be within a couple of weeks. Outdoors in this USDA Zone 4-5a region, monarchs and other pollinators are busy gathering nectar in native Agastache, butterfly bush, some zennias, and asters in bloom around the yard. Soon we need to … Continue reading

September ‘Fresh from the Garden’

Welcome to Plant Exchange, where we feature plants of the Northern Plains and people who grow them. Gardens in the area have been in harvest for some time. Here at Plant Exchange, the garden was finally planted in June. Tomatoes are ripe! This is the last of this season’s Chef Staci Pederson ‘Fresh from the … Continue reading

August ‘Fresh from the Garden’

Local produce abounds in our gardens and at farmers’ markets. We’re hungry for what is ripe and most flavorful. Chef Staci Pederson, Yankton Hy-Vee Food Stores, provides us with professional tips and her recipes for our produce. This month, the garden staples, corn, potatoes, green beans and zucchini are featured in salads and an entrée. … Continue reading

Herbs for Food and Ornamental Accents

Gardening vegetables give us summer treats of fresh grown, hand-picked produce. We may choose to enhance flavors of the produce with fresh herbs too. Herbs personalize our food. Herbs can also be grown as ornamentation or for edible beauty in a flowerbed. Some perennial herbs for this region include chives, garlic chives, allium, oregano and … Continue reading

‘Fresh from the Garden’ with Herbs

Welcome to Plant Exchange. Today we’re featuring how to cook with herbs that can grow in this region, right in your garden, flowerbed or planter such as this cilantro. Chef Staci Pederson of Yankton Hy-Vee Food Store shares her own entrée, appetizer and side dish recipes and preparation tips for herbs from your garden or … Continue reading

Joy in Gardening

It’s early August here at Plant Exchange on the Northern Plains and the late June-planted vegetable garden is beginning to show promise. Weeds, at least in this spot of the yard, are few by now. Summer squashes are growing slowly. First green tomatoes have appeared. Given the slow start and immature plants, we appreciated the … Continue reading