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

Regional Plant-Related Events

Garden Shows March 30-April 6         Minneapolis, MN        Minneapolis Home & Garden Show   April 6-7          Sioux City, IA               Siouxland Garden Show   April 27-28      Norfolk, NE                 Northeast Nebraska Master Gardener Plant Fair  

Thinking Spring

Been thinking. What worked well last season to consider trying again? Some of the early annuals and perennials from last year that are memorable here at Plant Exchange were surprises. Daffodils surprise me every year. Out of brown soil and winter decay comes their bright faces. Annual pansies usually perform well in a lingering cool, … 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

Flowers that Grow in the Heartland

Welcome to Plant Exchange Blog. It’s snowy outside, but we’re beginning to think about plants we might select for next season. Gardeners like to choose seed and transplants from the nursery that are attractive, grow well in our region and produce flowers and produce abundantly. All-America Selections (AAS) organization has display gardens around the country … Continue reading

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day–January 15th

Welcome to the January 15th Garden Bloggers Bloom Day at Plant Exchange Blog. Here in South Dakota, the outdoor temperature is -1 degree Fahrenheit now and is not expected to reach Zero today. Indoors, we’re toasty warm and have several plants in bloom to show you. Christmas cactus began to bloom a couple of weeks … Continue reading

Tree Nursery at Lewis & Clark Recreation Area

Welcome to Plant Exchange, where we feature plants and people who grow them. This week we are fortunate to feature a park professional who works with trees. How to manage and care for multiple trees is the responsibility of Dale Dawson, South Dakota State Park Conservation Forman at Lewis & Clark Recreation Area in Yankton, … Continue reading

Keeping the Ability to See Nature’s Beauty

Thank you for visiting Plant Exchange. We are so fortunate to have loyal “Followers” and many who send us “Likes” and occasional comments. In over three years of our weekly posts, we have lots of plant topics and gardeners and other plant professionals featured here. Neil and Karen Faerber of Yankton have a country home … Continue reading