Tagged with garden tips

Sunflowers for a Happy Harvest

A sunflower represents the Plant Exchange Blog for several reasons: A field of South Dakota sunflowers smiles west at the end of the day. The flowers reset and face east in the morning. This plant movement is due to water pressure in cells of a stem segment below the flowerhead. Plants that move, how amazing! Annual … Continue reading

Outdoor Container Garden Nursery

Garden flowers or vegetables you plant together in a container take a little time to look their best before they are displayed. These succulents are an example. Container flowers and vegetables mature at different times, and it’s handy to have a dedicated space, a nursery, with adequate sunlight and water nearby to care for them … Continue reading

Black-eyed Susans and other Rudbeckias

Black-eyed Susans grow in lots of yards in this USDA zone 4-5a region. The perennial, full-sun, yellow flower mounds appear by summer and bloom into fall. Their bold color and easy maintenance make them attractive for borders.  Black-eyed Susans and other Rudbeckias are featured this week as attractive, hardy North American native plants with large … Continue reading

Would You Like to Try a Garden Cover?

Spring is here!  The first naturalized daffodil to bloom! The weather beckons to start the garden season on the Northern Plains. Likely ahead, at least a month, is unsettled weather with gusty winds, roller coaster temperatures, and grab-a-book-and read-outside days. Maybe you’d like to consider a garden cover for some root vegetables in early spring. Garden … Continue reading

Harvest Your Beans

After the work of planting and weeding an edible garden, the vegetables and fruit are part of the reward. We can’t wait to taste the first tender green beans.  At Plant Exchange, near the beginning of August, beans have been producing well for a month. The bean plant produces seed, and if we harvest beans … Continue reading

Dibbles and Bits

This week we have several short plant topics at Plant Exchange. Below you will see how Marlene Johnson stores garden tools by her backdoor entrance to her yard. The next tip comes from Dr. John Ball, South Dakota forester. He shares tips for getting  a oak tree germinated from acorn seeds you collect. Another is … Continue reading

Water-Wise Tips That Enhance Decor

In this Tucson area yard, agave and cactuses are positioned apart as specimen plant in a bed with water supplied by drip irrigation. Plants are light-colored and reflect summer heat. Pea gravel mulch retains moisture. Natural stones enhance the bed with shape, color, and texture. Number of plants in this bed are modest, compared to … Continue reading

Water-Wise Tips That Enhance Decor

Besides privacy in this Tucson area backyard, the wall enclosure protects plants from drying winds and provides some shad on hot summer days. A raised bed with irrigation is in use. Tropical plants that typically require extra water are confined to containers in an area where they may be easily watered. See more items. This … Continue reading

‘An Easy Way To Garden’

Ruth Ann Grimm of Crofton Nebraska uses principles of square foot gardening and simple solutions for productive raised bed gardens. Here she found that hog gates secured with steel fence posts added the climbing area she needed to maximize garden space. See her story and share your comments if you wish. Visit other Plant Exchange … Continue reading