Garden Bloggers Bloom Day May 15th

So much to see in spring! For this Garden Bloggers Bloom Day on May 15th, we chose to feature trees in bloom or displaying their beauty. We are USDA Zone 4-5a here in South Dakota, so first leaves are still appearing on some trees, but most are green by now. Buckeye x Horse Chestnut is … Continue reading

Build a Butterfly Garden

Thanks for taking a moment to visit Plant Exchange Blog where we feature plants of the Northern Plains and people who grow them. You might think that building a butterfly garden costs a lot of money or time. It’s really about noticing your surroundings and including factors that draw butterflies and other pollinators so that … Continue reading

Regional Plant-Related Event

Pollinator Picnic Tour Tuesday, June 20th, 8:30 a.m.–3p.m. Plainview, NE Pollinator Essentials – Wildflowers – Native Prairies –Beekeeping – Trees for Bees – “Hands-on Citizen Science” Jan Jorgensen, Projects Manager Northeast Nebraska RC&D 702 E. Park Ave. Plainview, NE  68769 402-582-4866, FAX 3966 Like us:        

Tulips and their Care

Welcome to Plant Exchange Blog! Each week we feature plants of the Northern Plains region and people who grow them. Tulips are one the icons of spring in many parts of the country. Photo below was taken today. In our USDA Zone 4-5a, we are still having close to frost conditions occasionally but the weather … Continue reading

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day April 15th

Welcome to Garden Bloggers Bloom Day for April 15th.  Here in South Dakota, USDA Zone 5, we are happy to see first flowers of spring, a few trees leafing out and a bit of green grass. Pasque is the South Dakota state flower that blooms quite early and is sometimes short-lived in spring unsettled weather. … 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

Houseplants Ready for Spring

Welcome to our weekly Plant Exchange blog. Spring is here! Green haze on trees and first bold color of tulips and daffodils are announcing spring these rainy days. It’s a fine time to give houseplants a hard look before we’re outside most days. While the red-backed glossy leaves of a favorite houseplant are beautiful, it’s … Continue reading