Filed under Vegetables and Fruits

Between Seasons

Between the stop and start of seasons is a space that gives the amaryllis time to grow and produce lily-sized blossoms. It’s the time when the blooms of last season’s Portulaca (moss rose) under the grow light finally catches your attention. Now, between seasons, the blooms of December peppers satisfy the hungry spirit more than … Continue reading

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day– November 15th

Welcome to Plant Exchange Blog on the Northern Plains, USDA zone 4b-5a. High temperature on this sunny day is expected to be under 60 degrees F and below freezing tonight. We’ve had the first snowfall. Tree leaves are discolored, dry and are falling. Indoors, our houseplants supply welcome green. Potted Camellia japonicas are in full … Continue reading

A Few Dibbles And Bits

Reason to prune trees, chickens as a pesticide alternative, and a plant labeling tip are this week’s Plant Exchange Blog topics. We are grateful to all who share plant-relative information, ideas, and tips from experience that come from professionals and experienced gardeners of the region such as these below. Trees that are properly pruned have … Continue reading

Change of Season

First frost reminds us that change of season is underway. Some leaves have fallen and others are changing colors in this last half of October. A few houseplants return directly indoors. This potted camelia already began blooming outdoors under the magnolia tree where it spent the summer. Some other kinds of camelia will bloom later and are … 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

‘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