Filed under Vegetables and Fruits

Regional Plant-Related Event

Norfolk Master Gardners’ Plant Fair & Market Friday, April 26th, 5:30 – 9:00 p.m. Saturday, April 27th9:00 – 3:00 p.m. NECC Chuck Pohlman Ag Center 2301 East Benjamin Ave. Norfolk, Nebraska Speakers on planter designs and new varieties, community supported agriculture, and succulents Trade show Plants for sale Free admission

Snow but Seeds Grow Indoors

It’s no picnic. At Plant Exchange Blog, nearing mid- April, we’ve received lots of snow! However, snow on the yet dormant native plum and fence is beautiful. Even the Eastern red cedar gets a fine dress. Indoors, we see progress in seeds we have started for transplanting into the garden or containers in a month … Continue reading

Regional Plant-Related Event

Hat’s off in honor of Dr. David Graper, professor of horticulture at South Dakota State University who recently announced his retirement. His service to South Dakota gardeners and his leadership in maintaining the South Dakota Extension Master Gardener program is unequaled. In tribute to Dr. Graper, a retirement reception and short program will be held … Continue reading

Work Behind A Good Apple

Apples are reliable fruits grown on the Northern Plains since homesteaders settled the west. As for the variety of apples we see in the produce display today, the kinds of apples just seem to expand. This week’s Plant Exchange Blog focus is on the Honeycrisp and a few related apples. David Bedford is a member … Continue reading

New Seeds Gardeners Might Try

Maybe this spring you’d like to try a few new seeds for the garden. With the energy building for the new season, we’d like to make smart choices. All-America Selections (AAS) is a non-profit organization that asks horticulture professionals to field test new flower and vegetable seeds throughout the country. Our region is called the … Continue reading

Regional Plant-Related Event

SDSU Extension Master Gardener Training Registration is now open for master gardener training. Yankton is selected as one of the training sites, assuming we get at least 15 new trainees to take the course. Watertown and Sturgis are the other training sites this year. Trainees from Nebraska and Iowa are also welcome. Training begins May … Continue reading

Swiss Chard, a Tasty Winter Treat Indoors

In winter, it is hard to find purchased greens that maintain freshness very long and are tasty. Swiss chard has a mild flavor and is easy to grow indoors, especially if started in late fall for a winter crop. Related to beets, Swiss chard is a member of Amaranthaceae that originated in the Mediterranean. Swiss … Continue reading

Butterflies in the House

Last September Jay and Mike Gurney and Cathy Weiss of Yankton Nurseries chatted about the weather of the 2018 growing season and related oddities. They hadn’t seen many butterflies until the end of the season, especially swallowtails and monarchs. Arriving butterflies became quite busy around the nursery, gathering nectar and pollen. As a curiosity to … Continue reading

A Change at the Nurseries

We celebrate this year at Plant Exchange Blog with a story about a grown son, Mike Gurney, who chooses to come back to his home town to try the family horticulture business. His family name is associated with his grandfather five generations ago, who brought knowledge about how to grow apple and other fruit trees to … Continue reading

Good, Too Bad and a Bit Ugly

In late August in the Yankton Community Gardens the past six years, you’d expect to find gardeners and lots of produce. In fact, there’s a diversity of vegetables and fruits here: Tomatoes, potatoes, string beans, broccoli, onions, cucumber, cabbage, watermelon, eggplant, dill, sweet potatoes, corn, carrots, beets, and flowers. Really, what more could a gardener … Continue reading