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Garden Time

May is the month to begin again. Diane Dickes of Diane’s Greenhouse, summarizes pointers that will carry you through the season. One of her ideas is to plant a butterfly garden. Butterflies choose flowers with the nectar and pollen they want. Painted lady butterflies, so especially plentiful last season, chose milkweed as one of their … Continue reading

Gardening Can Be Unpredictable

Welcome to Plant Exchange where we try to garden but it doesn’t always work out!  It’s the middle of April, and the spring weather is unsettled. Below is an idea which the writer implemented in mid-March. She planted three pots and waited. Crunchy pod snow peas are a favorite, but getting the garden ready soon … Continue reading

Regional Plant-Related Event

Yankton Community Library Science Club K – 5th graders May 17th, 3:00 – 4:45p.m. Yankton Community Library 515 Walnut St. Contact: Amanda Raiche, Youth Services Librarian    605.668.5276 Youth gardeners will learn what it takes to make a garden flourish. Youth will get to plant their own 5-gallon garden. Class led by Yankton County 4-H … Continue reading

Early Spring in the Greenhouse Video

Welcome to Plant Exchange where we share about plants of the Northern Plains and people who grow them.  It’s April 13th and the forecast is for snow tonight. But in our little greenhouse, we wanted to show you what plants are doing. Only harvest available so far is this kale. Please join us in the … Continue reading

Want to Start Seeds Indoors?

It’s early spring in our USDA Zone 4 – 5a region in the Northern Plains. Temperatures have fluctuated and slowed spring transition so far. The local nurseryman says spring is about two weeks behind normal at this time. Luckily, indoors, we can start seeds and have them ready to plant in the garden when the … Continue reading

Selecting Garden Seeds

Garden seed catalogs provide plenty of choices for garden seeds to grow as seedlings indoors or to plant directly in the flowerbed or vegetable garden when the soil temperature warms in spring. Seed companies favor different kinds of plants, though they may have similar seed sources, not unlike what you see when visiting independent nurseries … Continue reading

AAS Recommends Plants for Containers

Welcome to Plant Exchange Blog. We’re thinking about plants for next season. Plant containers are a versatile way to grow flowers and vegetables outdoors. Containers can be moved to the sunny or shade location in season to fit plant needs. Containers of plants can be placed on a deck, away from bunnies and deer. Containers … Continue reading

Our Bountiful Harvests

What sorts of people enjoy gardening at our local community gardens? A recent article in the Yankton Press & Dakotan featured four gardeners working at their plots on a mid-summer day. Though they differ in backgrounds, a common thread is their enjoyment of spending time outdoors and appreciation for the produce from their efforts. The … Continue reading