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June ‘Fresh from the Garden’

Welcome to our Plant Exchange!  We’re thinking about easy summer days. Can’t you just picture yourself leaning back against a tree in the shade, watching this before you? Summer is made for easy days. We’re featuring what to do with garden produce this week. Summer food matches these easy days with fewer scheduled events and … Continue reading

Regional Plant-Related Event

Envelop Yourself in Plant Paradise with the Garden Tour Looking for a bloom of summer inspiration? With the Minnehaha Master Gardeners annual Garden Tour, you can experience the beauty of five local gardens. The Garden Tour aims to showcase the botanical creations of accomplished Sioux Falls gardeners. Minnehaha Master Gardeners invites you to attend the … Continue reading

Controlling Weeds in Perennial Beds

Welcome to Plant Exchange! We’re indoors much of the day this week with the first heat wave of spring. This is some of what June is made for:  A country outing. Fine tuning an old friend. A couple of geese and their kid out with a friend. Not for weeds! Alas; procrastination is why I’m … Continue reading

Regional Plant-Related Event

Specialty Producer Tours I encourage you to participate in any or all of the following tours this year – there are lots of different options. South Dakota Specialty Producers Association is offering 11 producer tours for the 2017 Summer Season. The tours are open to anyone who wishes to learn. You must register only if … Continue reading

It’s June

  Welcome to Plant Exchange Blog. A new month in growing season is here! Around us we see beautiful gardens at the local community garden. Beans up, potatoes growing and  many transplants in. In fact, that thinking ahead was the inspiration of this harvest photo. But here at Plant Exchange, it’s time to be realistic. … Continue reading

Growing Micro-Greens

Not so fresh salads of early spring and wish to plant something were reason enough to try growing salads indoors. Find a site with enough light to sustain growth of young plants. Artificial lights work, but not as well as sunlight in a south-facing window. Later in the season when sunlight is more direct, an … Continue reading

Sprouts Are Easy, Fresh Greens

Spring is here at Plant Exchange! Fresh greens are a treat anytime, but especially after winter. Greens that you grow yourself are even better. Find out how easy and fast it is to grow sprouts of all kinds for your own sign of spring. Alfalfa sprouts are mild to the taste and grow in about … Continue reading

Thrifty Gardening, More than Money

   At Plant Exchange, here on the Northern Plains, we are still watching for the first signs of spring. It allows us a bit more time to think about our gardens this season. Thrift in gardening isn’t only about spending less money. It is also about using resources available and aiming for sustainability. The results … Continue reading

It’s Not Just Dirt

Soil in which you grow plants is vital to a thriving plant. Replacing the soil might seem to be the remedy for compacted soil, lack of topsoil, or contaminated soil. In fact, for plants to thrive, they need the network of microbes such as bacteria, fungi, and tiny animals that help supply the plants with … Continue reading