Filed under Vegetables and Fruits

Regional Plant-Related Event

South Dakota Local Foods Conference in Pierre, SD  Growers, processors, chefs and consumers passionate about local foods are invited to register for the 2019 South Dakota Local Foods Conference (SDLFC) scheduled for Nov. 1-2 at the RedRossa Italian Grille in Pierre, SD. This regional event will provide networking opportunities, speaker panels, and educational sessions on tools … Continue reading

Wayne’s Hobby Garden

We look for what adds dimension and a bit of passion to an ordinary day. Wayne Nelson-Stastny says his vegetable and ornamental gardening hobby adds to his mind, body, and spirit. The way he chooses to garden, he is involved in it most of the year. His plans for the garden include seeds from many cultures. … Continue reading

Nasturtiums for Flowers and Food

Nasturtiums grow flowers and foliage until frost. You can start with a packet of seeds, grow them and enjoy their beauty, and end up with seeds for next year. They’re as easy to grow as lightly covering Alaska Mix nasturtium seeds with potting soil in a container and watering when the soil surface is dry. … Continue reading

In Season with Chef Staci

We hold outdoor times precious in the countdown to cold weather in this region. The garden is still has luscious produce. The grill is as hot as the oven for meals. Chef Staci Pederson has some easy, tasty ideas for alternative pizzas. “I love this time of year—fresh tomatoes!” said Chef Staci, executive chef at … Continue reading

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – August 15th

Welcome to Garden Bloggers Bloom Day for August 15th at Plant Exchange Blog. Whenever you decide to visit, we’ll have our blooms ready for you to see. We’re on the Northern Plains in a USDA Zone 4-5a region. Past two weeks have been mild with occasional rain. For mid-August we’d usually expect hot and dry sunny … Continue reading

‘In Season’ with Chef Staci

Add sauce to your vegetables and avoid an ordinary meal. That’s according to Chef Staci Pederson, executive chef at Hy-Vee Food Store in Yankton. For vegetables and fruits in season from our garden or farmer’s market, sauces add more and different flavors. Her summer series, “In Season with Chef Staci” features Chef Staci’s sauce recipes … Continue reading

Local Veggie Tales

One of the activities common to all gardeners of the region this season is weeding. Dan Friedenbach combats weeds with extraordinary means in this abandoned community garden plot. The water-permeable weed barrier, held in place with plastic stakes, will block sunlight from weeds beneath, warm the soil of the sweet potato plants in spring, and … Continue reading

Walk in the Country Vegetable Garden

Join us in a walk in our country vegetable and tomato garden. This is Plant Exchange Blog where we feature plants of the Northern Plains and people who grow them. We started our garden the second week of June in a cool, wet spring. Tree leaves that were spread over the garden to cover it … Continue reading

Don’t Forget Desserts!

Welcome to recipes for locally grown vegetables and fruits of summer at Plant Exchange Blog. Chef Staci Pederson is executive chef at the Hy-Vee Food Store in Yankton, South Dakota. She uses her own recipes and presentation flair with vegetables and fruits in season to “Celebrate Desserts”. Today she shares simple backyard desserts with us … Continue reading

Thoughts About Garden Photos

Paul Harens is a retired Yankton High School language arts and social studies teacher who now has time to learn more about photography. His interest in plants goes back to childhood and he combines gardening and preserving what he sees. Harens is self-taught but also learns from others in the Yankton Area Photography Club. His … Continue reading