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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

Local Growers Launch ‘Jensen’s Pririe Kitchen’

Cynthia and Gary Jensen returned to the Yankton area a decade ago and their country acreage is now producing fruits from shrubs, grapevines, fruit trees and a new strawberry bed. They chose time-tested native choke cherries and Nanking cherries and are trying honeyberries and ‘Jostaberry’ shrubs for their adaptability to the region. Jensen families live … Continue reading

Kids Garden Club

Kids Garden Club program is complete for the second year at the Yankton Boys & Girls Club in South Dakota.  Kids learn what plants need to grow, how to plant and tend their garden of favorite vegetables and fruits and new ones to try, hear about health benefits of fresh produce, and share plenty of tasting … Continue reading

Season Favorites

About four inches of snow fell overnight; a reminder that Fall wanes as the holidays approach. Just thinking about a few moments of the past season. The half on/half off leaves of our Japanese maple was a marker for yesterday. A year ago, an early Fall cold event caused the leaves to turn from green … Continue reading

Rocks, Plants and a Dream Yard in Progress

In this week’s Plant Exchange, homeowner Tom Christensen shares how he includes his passion for timeless beauty and variety of rocks he has collected into his plant landscape. Tom and Loretta Christensen live in Yankton’s Historic District in an 1870’s home. Tom continues to renovate their yard, in keeping with the character and craftsmanship of … Continue reading

Look in the Greenhouse at Change of Season

Here at Plant Exchange it’s the end of September and this year the first frost could be within a couple of weeks. Outdoors in this USDA Zone 4-5a region, monarchs and other pollinators are busy gathering nectar in native Agastache, butterfly bush, some zennias, and asters in bloom around the yard. Soon we need to … Continue reading