Meet Chef Staci

Chef Staci Stengle of Yankton works and presents classes at Hy-Vee in Yankton. Trained at the Culinary Institute of America in New York, she has a wide range of experience in the food industry. Enjoy the story about her at the link below. We hope you will find several topics you like at Plant Exchange … Continue reading

Fresh From The Garden

  What does a chef do with fresh summer produce?  Chef Staci Stengle of Yankton Hy-Vee shares several ways to combine fresh tomatoes, zucchini, and eggplants.  Trained at the Culinary Institute of America in New York, Chef Staci also shares some of  her recipes in the article you can link to below. In the photos … Continue reading

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day September 15

Less than month to frost here in South Dakota. Time to get out and enjoy a spot to see native flowers and grasses. One easy trek is to Lewis & Clark Recreation Area near Yankton. Their Gavins Point Trail has wood mulch trails through sunny meadows, dry woodland, and on walkways across wetlands all in … Continue reading

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day September 15

Indian Grass in bloom along the trail! Often this grass and others will be forming seeds by now. Big Blue Stem stands over seven feet tall along the trail this abnormally wet year. Little Blue Stem has the subtle blue red in its stems, Side Oats Gramma is ripe and Drop Seed grass is prominent … Continue reading

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day September 15

Goldenrod is found in bloom along the trail. It fits September well; sturdy stem, moves in prairie breezes, beautiful Autumn color. This member of the Mint Family has tiny lavender flowers crowded around the leaf axils that that flower appears to  come out of the stem. Any ideas of its name? There are many other … Continue reading

Winners Announced In Annual Flower, Vegetable Show

Best turnout of entries ever, in twelve years of the annual Yankton Flower / Vegetable Show, according to Betts Pulkrabek, one of the show organizers. Town and Country Garden Garden Club sponsored the 2014 July 26th event at the Yankton Community Library. The 179 entries included many new show participants. Participants and about a hundred … Continue reading

Winners Announced In Annual Flower, Vegetable Show

“Funky Fruits and Vegetables” was a category in the 2014 Yankton Town & Country Garden Club Flower / Vegetable Show. Among the entries are a Loch Ness Gourd from Karen Kostel-Rassmussen, a bad hair day watermelon from Linda Roberts, and some vegetable critters from Donna Anstine. See more flower and vegetable show results here and … Continue reading

Winners Announced In Annual Flower, Vegetable Show

A few of many Horticulture entries in annual Yankton Town and Country Garden Club Flower / Vegetable Show are shown here. Spinach vine was submitted by Sarala Somepalie. Amazing number of daylilies on one stem was submitted by Suzanne Preszler. Cucumbers were an entry in the Junior Division by Tori Weiland. Thanks for your visit … Continue reading

Rescued From The Brome

Spirit Mound National Historic Site north of Vermillion South Dakota along Highway 19 has had wildflower and native grass restoration underway for more than a decade. Smooth brome in the seed bank has been a challenge, especially with cool springtimes that give this competitor an edge to the warm season grasses and wildflowers. A six acre … Continue reading

Rescued From The Brome

Eric VanderStouwe of South Dakota Game Fish & Parks disperses wildflower seed at the Spirit Mound 6 acre plot last fall. Dr. James Heisinger of Spirit Mound Trust hand dispersed large sunflower seed. Before the re-seeding, invasive smooth brome was killed and then the brome thatch was burned for better new seed germination. Thank you … Continue reading

Rescued From The Brome

Time will tell if the management practices and weather work together for wildflowers to be re-established on this six acre plot of the Spirit Mound National Historic Site. Go to Spirit Mound this season and see the results for yourself. The historic and natural site is about ten miles north of Vermillion SD on Highway … 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

Favorite Garden Weeding Tools

On pleasant mornings or evenings, these favorite weeding tools help make the work easier. The hoe is shaped like a triangle with long sides, folded slightly down the apex. This forms a point for close weeding. The sides can be used as scrapers that remove weeds at ground level instead of digging into the soil. … 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

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

Autumn Trees Await

“There’s plenty of horizontal here in South Dakota. What the eye lacks is vertical, ” said a native son. Now trees display their fall best for us to see on a quiet walk through dry woods in nearby state park. Come with me to enjoy their splendor. Lewis & Clark Recreation Area trails are one … Continue reading

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day October 15

Adequate natural moisture makes everyday trees and shrubs especially vibrant at this time of year. A common shrub in the area for providing red color in fall is the Euonymus or  “burning bush”. Red berries are a treat for birds in winter. Red stemmed dogwood is a shrub that grows well here once established. Due … Continue reading

Gardener To Gardener

How to easily overwinter outdoor plants in confined space is a challenge to many gardeners who have favorite plants they want to keep another year. Lois Quatier of Yankton has a technique for overwintering a small portion of a larger plant that she describes in the link below. She has tried the method on annuals … Continue reading

Photo Tips And Tricks

Pat Hansen, an accomplished landscape photographer who won “Best of Show” in the 2014 “Mighty Mo Photo Show” sponsored by Yankton Area Arts, has some tips for the point and shoot photographers who want to remember the best of the garden and indoor plants  in photos. Of course, some of these pointers can be applied … Continue reading

Capture Your Flowers In Photos

Pat Hansen, landscape photographer in Yankton, has some basic points to make about the plant photos you take to treasure. One of her suggestions is about the position of your main object in your photo. She uses the two examples below in her photos of tulips to illustrate her point. She says that positioning the … Continue reading

Capture Your Flowers In Photos

Pat Hansen of Yankton is a landscape photographer. She’s learned from lots of photo experience how to recognize the photos you want to keep. She begins in the backyard with a point and shoot camera and gives tips throughout the story about her work and capturing better shots. I tried to use her suggestions and … Continue reading

In Fall, The Garden Gets Moving

Mary Ann King of Yankton is a Master Gardener in practice as well as name. To be ready next season, King spends some focused time in the fall with her plants now. As you can see, these poor Blanket Flowers are practically moving themselves from the overcrowded bed on either side. See Mary Ann King’s … Continue reading

In Fall, The Garden Gets Moving

Mary Ann King, Master Gardener in Yankton, has suggestions for focusing your fall work with plants. You may end up with some extras, which are great to exchange with others. This Rudbeckia cultivar was grown from seed indoors and is now a year old. It’s a  short-lived perennial in a compatible growing spot, so it … Continue reading