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Regional Plant-Related Event

Loess Hills Wild OnesSioux City area   Join Sarah Nizzi from Xerces & Loess Hills Wild Ones for our Second Program of 2023 Zoom!  February 12th at 2PM Sarah will present: “Site Prep, Plant Selection, and The Needs of Pollinators” Learn about the steps YOU can take in YOUR OWN SPACE– Conserving and Supporting Pollinators. Big or small, every conservation effort counts! Sarah will cover:The … Continue reading

Dibbles and Bits

Of course, it is easy to leave climate change concerns to others. Today’s post is a thumbnail about how climate change can impact plant growth and then a possible step we can take toward sustaining ourselves and our gardens. The photos are from a time to think at Lewis & Clark Recreation Area, a state … Continue reading

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day—January 15th

Welcome to Plant Exchange Blog on the Northern Plains, USDA Hardiness Zone 4-5a. Snow, cold, and fluctuating temperatures outside result in plants wintering in dormancy or adapting antifreeze features. Blooming plants are uncommon until at least near spring. While blooms are hard to find outdoors now, indoors, some enjoy the challenge of continuing care for … Continue reading

Blue Spruce Defends Itself

You may find a green tree like this nearby. The Colorado Blue Spruce (Picea pugens) is found in many yards and in public spaces in the region.  This one is about 30 ft. tall and nearly twenty years old. Evergreen trees add green to the winter landscape, while deciduous trees have lost leaves and are dormant … Continue reading

Regional Plant-Related Event

Loess Hills Wild OnesHealing the Earth one yard at a time.Join Wild Ones!Your membership supports our missionto promote the use of native plants and natural landscapes. The Loess Hills chapter of Wild Ones serves the Siouxland area of Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota.    Roots of the Past; Rooting for the Future With Barry Mateer Sunday, January 8th 2:00pm  To register … Continue reading

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day–December 15th

Snowy greetings from Plant Exchange Blog on the Northern Plains, USDA Zone 4-5a. This holiday season, our indoor plant in bloom was well raised by our local Yankton Nurseries.  The more experience tending plants we grow, the more homage we see due to nurseries and greenhouses that offer seasonal plants ready to enjoy. That takes … Continue reading

Precious Water Resource

This week, a news story aired about the nearest large city exploring additional sources of drinking water. Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in the middle of the United States, has experienced the second year of drought, and aquifers need to be recharged. Water is a precious resource for humans, plants, and animals.  Also this week, a … Continue reading

Dibbles and Bits

This week, we’re considering two of the many amazing features of plants—adaptability to where they are planted and drawing pollinators. Specialized plant roots help bulbs and corms grow at the correct depth. Tulips are a spring favorite and many were planted earlier this fall in our region. Guides are helpful to find the correct depths … Continue reading

Protect Our Nature

We often watch for stop-over Monarch butterflies as they migrate south in August – October in this region. They show us that animals (and plants) need a suitable place to live. In our Northern Plains location of the middle-United States Monarch flyway to Mexico, September is a good month for Monarch sightings. Native Agastache is … Continue reading

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day–November 15th

Welcome to Plant Exchange Blog on the Northern Plains (USDA Hardiness Zone 4-5a). Colorful leaves have fallen along with temperatures, and some trees begin to adjust to temperate dormancy, from which they awaken as spring approaches about April or May. Time for good books. This morning, the weather app that usually forecasts many possible events … Continue reading