Regional Plant-Related Events

Kim Todd Presents at the 2014 Master Gardener Update:  Public is invited to 2014 South Dakota Master Gardener Update on Saturday, September 27th of the annual weekend master gardener conference. Presentations will be held at the NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Complex in Yankton. Some plant enthusiasts in our region watch “Backyard Farmer”, a Nebraska Public … Continue reading

Against All Odds

Sometimes I’m drawn to plants that I find hard to grow. I work hard to find the right method for growing pansies from seed, for example. Once the few that make it to transplant survive, the purples and yellows die back in the heat of summer. This season I tried “Penny All Season Mix (F-1) … Continue reading

Against All Odds

Somehow last season’s viola produced a seed that fell on the patio, survived a South Dakota winter, found enough sand and moisture between pavers to germinate, grow, and bloom. What an amazing life cycle! Do you have an “amazing” plant comment to share? Thanks for your visit. See you again soon.

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

Regional Plant-Related Events

Kim Todd At Master Gardener Update, September 27th Public is invited to 2014 South Dakota Master Gardener Update on Saturday, September 27th of the annual weekend master gardener conference. Presentations will be held at the NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Complex in Yankton. Some plant enthusiasts in our region watch “Backyard Farmer”, a Nebraska Public Television … Continue reading

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Triebal House Gardens use the garden plans of 1759 for its gardens in Old Salem where daily life of that period is re-enacted in period buildings of the settlement in Winston Salem, North Carolina. For gardeners of today, we use some methods that gardeners of centuries before found worthwhile. For an article on garden methods … Continue reading

How Does Your Garden Grow?

In early October at Old Triebal House Gardens in Winston Salem, North Carolina, these last succession planting of beans grow in raised, borderless beds. Multiple plants grow in the beds instead of single plants in rows. Garden methods seen here in this garden planted from 1759 plans are also the basis for “square foot” gardening … Continue reading

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Notice the branches for fall peas to climb. This is current “natural” garden tip is a technique used in the 1759 Triebal House garden plans in Winston Salem, North Carolina. See the article that tells more about garden methods passed down through time and gardener experiences. Please comment if you wish and see other topics … Continue reading

Grow Just Enough And Avoid The Waste

Growing tomatoes for the conditions where you live is the topic Beth Preheim of Yankton talks about in the article below. For her it’s all about what tomato variety you select and then try again if pleased, and how you plant and care for the tomato. Whether your tomatoes are ready to bloom or you … Continue reading

Gardeners And Munching Critters

In the abundance of Spring, it’s a bit easier to live in harmony with rabbits, deer and other mammals that have plenty of food. Of course, these mammals also have their favorite delicacies that can be our favorites too. If fencing out critters is not an option and you know what plants these critters generally … Continue reading

Summer Every Day

One of the growers that supplies some garden centers in the larger region is Mensch Greenhouse, INC. of Avon, South Dakota. Korey Mensch, co-owner with his father Lyle, gives tips for growing better plants. He shows you the grower’s point of view for annuals you may select for your garden. Although many parts of growers’ … Continue reading

Summer Every Day

A grower that supplies plants for independent greenhouses in the South Dakota, Nebraska, and North Dakota region is Mensch Greenhouse, INC of Avon, South Dakota. Watering baskets is automated with a horizontal “chair lift” system that supplies correct amount of water to two levels of different size pots. See the article and comment if you … Continue reading

‘Tried and True’ Flowers, Vegetables

Garden club members from the region share their favorites at the link below. Thanks to the Pasque Garden Club of the Wakonda, Irene, Gayville, Mechling area and the Yankton area Town and Country Garden Club. You’re invited to share comments or your favorite annuals and perennial flowers and your vegetables here. Thanks for your visit … Continue reading

Row Covers Are Versatile

In my experience, the row cover excludes deer, rabbits, and other mammals that eat vegetables because the crop is out of sight. The cover can shield against harsh wind and extend the season due to the greenhouse effect within the covered space. Light is filtered, dependent on thickness of the cover. Lettuce is an example … Continue reading

Plant Tips To Involve Children In Gardening

Angie Luken and Julie Manning from the Kopetsky’s Ace Hardware Greenhouse in Yankton share tips that encourage children to have fun gardening. These marigolds are easy to plant and grow from seed this season. Add your ideas in the Comment section if you wish. Thanks for your visit. See lots of plant topics in our … Continue reading

‘An Easy Way To Garden’

Ruth Ann Grimm of Crofton, Nebraska, makes use of an easy reach garden wand to water her raised bed garden. Vegetables are at eye level whether she stands or sits to work. See her tips that help her continue to enjoy gardening. Thanks for your comments if you wish. Be sure to see other Plant … 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

Containers For A Standout Yard

Terry Winter of Yankton was a fan of tropical plants for container gardens before the current interest in banana trees and bromeliads. Succulents are one of his current favorites. Notice the bold pot he contrasts with the plants’ neutral or light color. Find out more about his container creations in the following story. Your comments … Continue reading

Board Members

Lois Quatier of Yankton is a gardener and hobby painter. She and her granddaughters created “board people” for a project they did together along Quatier’s natural wood fence. She started her project with extra fence boards that fitted exactly into the empty spaces in the two-sided fence. They painted and decorated each board person in … Continue reading

Regional Plant-Related Events

Tyndall Open Class Flower Show will be held during Bon Homme County 4-H Achievement Days, with exhibits entered 8:00AM-10:00AM Friday August 1st. More details found in the Wednesday Press & Dakotan newspaper.    

Regional Plant-Related Events

Graper, Burrows, and Bachmann At Master Gardener Update Public is invited to 2014 South Dakota Master Gardener Update on Saturday, September 27th of the annual weekend master gardener conference. Presentations will be held at the NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Complex in Yankton. If you are looking for best and newest flowers to add to your … Continue reading

51 Years In The Making

County style storage cabin resonates Lois Quatier’s country theme with West River touches that remind her of family life there. See her story link below. Comment if you wish. Thanks for your visit. Find a plant topic of your interest in the right column and see more Plant Exchange stories about USDA Zone 4 – … Continue reading

These Amazing Plants

Who wouldn’t want sweet peppers growing on your deck at easy picking reach? Thing about these plants is that this is the second season for them in this container. I brought them indoors last fall to extend the season. To my surprise, although they did slow flowering and producing peppers, this continued all winter indoors. … Continue reading

These Amazing Plants

These snack sweet peppers are about 3 inches long and turn from green to red as you see. They grow well in containers with weekly watering if indoors (in winter) and according to conditions outdoors in the growing season. These plants have supplied us with year round peppers. Probably several seed companies sell seed but … Continue reading

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day July 15 2014

Here at Plant Exchange Blog,in USDA Zone 4 – 5a, we are featuring yellow perennial wildflowers. Although other wildflowers of other colors are present here at this time, yellow is a dominate color. These wildflowers are chosen because they grow with natural rain without fertilizer among native grasses and are deer and rabbit “resistant”. Extra … Continue reading